One of the big words we hate to hear about Android is fragmentation. While the word is a thorn in the side of many Android enthusiasts, it’s unfortunately a truth we have to deal with thanks to the hundreds of devices churning out of all of the Android manufacturers.
While Gingerbread is now present on more than 50% of the Android phones in use there are still plenty of phones out there with Android 2.2 and now we are officially on Android 4.0. Also, between the various manufacturers and the U.S. carriers fragmentation is even more prevalent in the United States.
Google is now making an effort to curb the fragmentation problem. Google is now demanding that manufacturers install the code for the Android 4.0 UI known as Holo on all new devices regardless of the customized UI that manufacturers put on top. Google will take away a devices ability to connect to Google Apps including the Android Market if they do not adhere to the new policy.
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The new requirement will mean that developers have less hurdles in developing their apps for multiple versions of Android which will create an uptick in nicely designed apps that work effortlessly across Android devices.
From a manufacturing and OS design stand point this new policy will mean that widgets, skins, themes and layouts will be more uniform. It will also mean that manufacturers will be able to upgrade to newer versions of Android quicker since the OS and the custom skin will be separate.