Google has been preventing Android fragmentation for a very long time and whereas it looks as if issues began to support, it’s nonetheless now not excellent sufficient. A brand new allegedly leaked Android coverage forces tool makers to ship their merchandise with the newest variations of Android, in any other case Google is not going to license it’s products and services to them.
If that is real, it manner that each one new Android smartphones and drugs will ship with the most recent model, however the different drawback nonetheless is still: updates. Whereas lots of the flagship smartphones already ship with the most recent model, it takes corporations months after Google releases a brand new Android model to replace it.
Beginning February 2014, Google will now not approve GMS distribution on new Android merchandise that ship older platform releases. Each and every platform free up may have a “GMS approval window” that most often closes 9 months after the following Android platform unencumber is publicly on hand. (In different phrases, all of us have 9 months to get new merchandise on the most recent platform after its public liberate.)
This observation implies that every Android model might be to be had for cellphone makers 9 months after the brand new model will get launched. So a telephone maker can nonetheless get certification for Android four.three 9 months after Android four.four will get launched. That is nonetheless an growth, however now not truly what consumers have been in search of.
If a cellphone maker needs to free up a smartphone operating an older model of Android, then Google won’t enable it to make use of its Services and products Framework and Google Play.
With a bit of luck this coverage goes to lower Android fragmentation, however we don’t predict it to be very important and we have now a just right reason behind this. A smartphone can get the certification months prior to being launched and occasionally it may well take even 6-9 months from certification to liberate, which means that a brand new model is already launched within the interim.
Due to Android Police.