Has Google Killed Fragmentation Complaints by Developers?
I was discussing this with a very pro-Apple friend today, and (after a long and drawn out conversation about Google finally catching up with Apple), we agreed on the fact that I/O really is putting Apple on their heels as far as finally getting a full-on integration competitor.
But even more than that, we discussed the new APIs and the method by which it's delivered: Google Services. We agreed that, in effect, Google has curtailed fragmentation concerns for developers. Hear me out:
Before Google Services:
- New Android APIs, which require a new Android version
- Android version would be delivered to OEMs, who would take months to get it implemented and tested.
- OEMs would then pass their final hardware/software updates to the carriers, which would then need to be tested, possibly taking several more months.
- New APIs are delivered as soon as Google wants to versions as far back as Froyo!