Google’s masterplan to create a standard Android experience

Finally after a whopping 2 and a half months after release, Android 7.0 made a debut on Android distribution charts and now the Android Compatibility Definition Document has been published too. The CDD is a list of rules set out by Google, for OEMs to follow if they wish to include some Google love on the Android devices they sell, most importantly, the Google Playstore and Google Play services. Android may ne open source, but Google Apps are not and as such, Google can set terms and conditions for licensing them to OEMs. Only devices that pass Google’s compatibility tests are allowed to have Google apps on them.

Android’s increasing dependence on these Google Apps or Gapps, as the modders among you know them,  irks many in the open source community but this dependence is how Google looks to have and gain more control over its own platform.  Continue reading “Google’s masterplan to create a standard Android experience”

Android Platform Distribution updated for November 2016 – Nougat debuts at a measly 0.3%

After pretending October didn’t exist — no Android distribution numbers went out last month — Google has revealed Android Nougat’s debut distribution percentage. Unsurprisingly Nougat falls at just 0.3 percent, which makes sense since apart from the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, almost every existing Nexus device and some Moto G4s, everyone is still waiting for some nougat love. The only other really noteworthy change came from Marshmallow, which surged 5.3 points to 24% of total devices. Continue reading “Android Platform Distribution updated for November 2016 – Nougat debuts at a measly 0.3%”

Marshmallow on 18.7 Percent of Android Devices; Nougat Not Yet on Chart

Google has just released the latest detailed statistics regarding the operating system’s version distribution, Android’s Platform Distribution chart, for the month of September and it’s no real surprise to see that Android 7.0 Nougat isn’t quite on the listing yet. These numbers represent data taken over the past month, so Nougat still isn’t represented on the charts. Android only counts versions equal to or exceeding .1 percent of the ecosystem.  Android Marshmallow adoption has soared to 18.7%, up from 15.2% in August.

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The Sorry State of Android Fragmentation: A Developer’s Nightmare

Fragmentation has been a contentious issue in Android quite literally since the mobile operating system was announced.

Apart from being a cudgel for trolls to use in online flame-wars, the diversity that comes with fragmentation is now largely seen as a net positive for consumers of Android devices. After all, we’re given so much freedom in choosing the kind of device with the kind of software we want that it’s hard for the average consumer to care about fragmentation. Visualizing the incredible variety of Android devices produces a beautiful mosaic of Android’s diverse representation.

When we talk about Android fragmentation, as a rule we’re talking about the shocking number of operating system versions that are in use at any one time, and how users are slow – not through their own fault – to adopt the latest and greatest release.

But there’s a bigger problem facing Android, and one that has an even greater negative effect on developers than operating system fragmentation – device fragmentation.

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