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Google cracks down on Android partners over “tweaks”

Google has reached out to the major carriers and device makers backing its mobile operating system with a message: There will be no more willy-nilly tweaks to the software. No more partnerships formed outside of Google’s purview. From now on, companies hoping to receive early access to Google’s most up-to-date software will need approval of their plans. And they will seek that approval from Andy Rubin, the head of Google’s Android group.
Google has reportedly been demanding that Android licensees abide by “non-fragmentation clauses” that give it the final say on what code tweaks can be made. Rubin says these policies have always been in place; however, BusinessWeek sources say that Google has recently tightened those policies angering many partners including Facebook. The social network had been working to fashion its own version of Android for smartphones; however, is unhappy that Google must approve their tweaks to the operating system.