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”