Reality: the Android replace state of affairs is disastrous. Launching a brand new system with an outdated model of the working service is dangerous observe. Google has lastly stated sufficient is sufficient, and no extra units meaning to launch with Android Nougat might be licensed.
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No extra new smartphones with Nougat
Google is transferring ahead. The corporate has determined to start out combating the fragmentation of its smartphone working system with some weapons that needs to be efficient in the long term.
As you in all probability already know, to formally use Android on a tool with Google Cell Providers (GMS) help, producers should comply with the foundations (CDD – Compatibility Definition Doc) to make sure the compatibility of their software program with all Android APIs, and to ensure an expertise for customers and builders according to the whole ecosystem. To be licensed, units and their software program are examined by means of the Compatibility Take a look at Suite (CTS) which verifies the appliance of those guidelines.
By the top of March Google can have lastly cease the certification of latest units with Nougat on board. New smartphones launched any further should use Android Oreo as their working system in the event that they wish to cross the check, obtain the certification after which have the ability to use Google apps.
Mission Treble for all
This results in one other good factor: all of the units introduced with Oreo on board should additionally help Mission Treble, the brand new modular replace system from Google. Mission Treble is the corporate’s weapon for attempting to scale back fragmentation, which will not be rapid in fact, however within the close to future.
The consequences of Mission Treble ought to already be noticeable as soon as Android P is launched, serving to producers to launch quicker updates for smartphones.
The dangerous information is that the block of certifications arrived very late, 7 months after the official launch of Oreo and the first preview for Android P builders. For instance, final 12 months Google blocked the certification of smartphones with Android Marshmallow in favor of Nougat in January 2017, 5 months after the official launch of Android 7.zero.
Google is combating fragmentation one bit at a time
Google has extra tips up its sleeve. Along with Oreo and Mission Treble, Google additionally has Android One and Android Go that ought to assist to unfold the most recent variations of Android and quick, even on mid-range or low-end system. The Android Enterprise Advisable program also needs to encourage producers to replace smartphones shortly, and over an extended time period.
It solely took 11 years and numerous variations of the working system to pressure Google to tighten the foundations relating to software program and updates. I’m nicely conscious that the one weapon Google had obtainable to push its working system on giants Apple, BlackBerry and Nokia (Symbian) was to depart it obtainable to as many producers as doable with out too many restrictions, after years and the widespread use of Android, Google ought to have been strict with producers.
Google wanted as many companions as doable to push its new platform, however now it has the higher hand. Google not must please producers to persuade them to make use of Android, will probably be the telephone producers that might want to play by the foundations. In any case, it’s the most well-liked cellular working system on the planet.
Will we ever see Google lose the highest spot due to its actions? It is exhausting to say, however the path we have taken is the correct one, even whether it is too late to repair an issue that impacts greater than 90% of the tens of millions of Android units on the market.
How do you suppose Google ought to take care of the fragmentation drawback?