Android Fragmentation is one of the main problem and an important issue with Android that Google has to deal with it very soon.
For starters, in case you are wondering what is Android fragmentation, according to Techopedia, Android fragmentation refers to a concern over the alarming number of different available Android operating system (OS) versions in the market.
Apple takes a jibe on Google for the Android Fragmentation
Recently in WWDC Apple displayed a graphic which compared the installed base of the latest base of iOS, to the latest version of Android,s OS. Android has the problem of fragmentation and this problem has been in existence for a long time now.
And that’s the thing which you will never experience with an iOS device. Both the Android 9 Pie and iOS 12 were released at almost the same time but there is a great difference between them in terms of the installed base. The iOS 12 has already been installed in more than 85% of the devices whereas the Android 9 Pie has just seen a mere 10% of installation. Now that’s a huge difference.
Having said that we must know that Android OS is open source and it is licensed out to the manufacturers for use on their products while iOS isn’t open source as doesn’t license it out to any manufacturers that helps in keeping complete control of the software and make it available to almost all the devices in a little time (Well that’s a story for another day).
But whatever has been going around or has happened is not what we should look into and focus on what better can happen. So finally Android has taken some good steps and the fragmentation issue will come to an end with the release of Android Q.
The fact of being such an open system has many advantages but Updates are not one of them. Google has finally taken action on the matter and Android Q comes with the intention of taking another step to end this as a whole.
Of course, Q not only comes to end this but also brings some implementations for those who like to tinker. Keep reading to know them all.
Android Q and Project Mainline will be remarkable through the updates
There was a Project Treble which was seen as a great way that you can use for the timely updates for the Android OS and there was only a massive buzz for this and was almost seen to end the problems for Google. But that was not to be the case.
Yes, it made things easier, but something else is needed to put an end to the problem of updates and finally, Google seems to have found the perfect way to deal with the updates at least that’s what we found on the interview that was made with two top Android developers by Arstechnica.
Here we have brought some of the key points of the interview. If you want moretechnical details you can visit the interview.
- System updates will now use Google Play. Yes, you have read it well, they will be able to improve some key features as if it were an application.
- The APEX file format will be the new standard. It is a system that allows libraries and packages to be updated without the need for users to download an OTA update as it has always been. The funny thing is that they give the option to each developer to have their private APEX to update their customization layers.
- Devs want their monthly security patches to reach their mobiles much faster and use these methods.
- You can try new versions of Android in a much more comfortable way. Forget about having to flash the beta and then return if it is not going well, you can do it temporarily (using RAM) and when you restart you will have your system stable again.
Everything seems promising but there is still a lot of work to be done.There is still a long way to go to standardize and to put an end to the Android Fragmentation Google has to dive in deep and see make everything work for them. Without going any further, these new features will only be available for smartphones that out of the box comes with Android Q.
What do you think about this problem? Will Google be able to dwindle the ridiculously higher amount of Android Fragmentation?