android fragmentation small Google blames Android fragmentation on manufacturers

Google has blamed the fragmentation of the Android platform on manufacturers and suggested the nature of the ecosystem would mean that it would never be the same as Apple's approach with iOS.

Google has blamed the fragmentation of the Android platform on manufacturers and suggested the nature of the ecosystem would mean that it would never be the same as Apple's approach with iOS.

 
Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Engineering on the Android team, said that it was up to manufacturers to provide upgrades to the latest version of Android, and that since Android is open source, they have the freedom to make those upgrades or not, and on their own timeframe.
 
“It’s up to the manufacturers to see what their targets are; some may say we want to be the first one, or they may decide a fully customised reskinned experience is what they want to do,” Lockheimer said.
 
android fragmentation Google blames Android fragmentation on manufacturers
 
Fragmentation has long been a major criticism of Android, with hundreds of devices out there on different versions of the mobile operating system, which means many people cannot access the latest features, games, or apps, which require the newest version of the software.
 
While Lockheimer argues that this is a natural side-effect of the freedom of the Android model, he also suggested that fragmentation would be less of a problem in future, as Google is working on a platform developer kit to encourage developers and manufacturers to accelerate updates and to make sure the manufacturers have time to optimise their products to ensure those updates are released.
 
Source: The Telegraph