There's definitely a change of mood going on over in Mountain View, where Google bakes up the latest Android treats for a public increasingly hungry for phones and tablets with the OS on board.
Once the symbol of open-source, Android is now being locked down to a tighter spec dictated by Google itself. Last week it was Android 3.0 Honeycomb being locked down to OEMs, and it seems there may be a lot more coming.
Google's big problem with Android is fragmentation. The speedy release cycle of new versions has left the market swamped with several different version of Android active at the same time, and with Honeycomb's introduction as a tablet-specific OS, the problem has only become worse.
According to DigiTimes, however, Google is debating the introduction of far tighter specs aimed at cutting down on fragmentation. The measures include the further standardisation of the Honeycomb software, as well as working with ARM on a single standardised Android 3.0 chipset.
Worse still, BusinessWeek quotes several sources in reporting that Google is getting increasingly picky about device makers using its software changing the code or applying their own visual interfaces on top.
We already know that the version of Honeycomb that's currently on duty doesn't allow for OEM customisation, but we believed that this was just until Android become settled enough on the tablet stage to open the doors. Now it seems that might not be the case at all.