One week Google announces sweeping changes to arrest, diversity on its platform, raised eyebrows and hackles. The next week it says, in-effect fragmentation? what fragmentation? no fragmentation in our house.
Android”s momentary lapse in identity notwithstanding, this appears to be the one great problem of the of free platform. The runaway information architecture.
…Andy Rubin’s message about Android fragmentation? There is no Android fragmentation. The Google VP set out to “set the record straight” on the Android Developers Blog, last night. The f-word is something Android’s creators have worked to curb since the beginning, says Rubin,
Our “anti-fragmentation” program has been in place since Android 1.0 and remains a priority for us to provide a great user experience for consumers and a consistent platform for developers. In fact, all of the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance agreed not to fragment Android when we first announced it in 2007.
While curbing fragmentation has been a concern since the beginning Google is also, clearly devoted to letting hardware manufacturers tweak Android in the way that they see fit–that’s long been one of the driving forces in the speedy adoption of the mobile operating system. “We don’t believe in a “one size fits all” solution,” explains Rubin. “The Android platform has already spurred the development of hundreds of different types of devices-many of which were not originally contemplated when the platform was first created.”