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"The Google that once welcomed all comers to help get its mobile software off the ground has become far more discriminating—especially for companies that want to include Google services such as search and maps on their hardware," Bloomberg reports.

Ostensibly, Rubin predicted the fragmentation that would follow a platform as open as Android. That's why the company chooses a chipmaker and device manufacturer when it launches a new product, to show off what it can accomplish. In the past, it was Qualcomm and HTC -- both companies have made huge market gains as a result.

According to several sources for Bloomberg's report, Google has demanded that Android licensees abide by "non-fragmentation clauses" that grant Google the final word on customization matters. It also means they need approval from Google to partner with others. John Lagerlin, director of global Android partnerships, told Bloomberg that it's about quality control and aiming towards a "common denominator" experience.
http://www.dailytech.com/Report+Goog...ticle21266.htm
 
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post #2 of 59
Sounds ok to me. Android needs a little more quality control
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I'm up for it as well. Google should be more rigid in its policies especially regarding timely updates, the Marketplace and proprietary UI overlays. It really doesn't make the Android ecosystem "closed" by any means, as big G won't really lock down access to the OS or anything - it simply demands better administration of Android.
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Good. Android isn't fragmented, but Google really needs to execute some kind of control here. There is too much garbage on the platform. They also need to reduce the amount companies are able to customize their phones. HTC's Sense is more than just the Rosie homescreen replacement, its fundamentally different all the way down to the kernel, and for absolutely no reason.

Of course developing an app for a single device is going to be easier. Apple forces you to develop your app on their hardware running their OS, using their IDE with their API, and you're coding your app for a single device, since Apple drops support for their older devices.
    
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I think it should follow Mozilla's example.

In order for it to bear the 'Android' name, Google has to approve of it, otherwise you can use the same code under a different name and still get to eat your cake.

I also think Google is treading on thin ice on this part:
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In addition, Google has also begun to withhold code from the public, which hurts developers and smaller companies. According to Bloomberg, Google will not release the source code for the tablet Honeycomb OS anytime in the near future.
Android is linux based.
Linux is covered by GPL
Therefore, the Android source code is covered under GPL, yes?

Doesn't that mean withholding code like this is illegal?
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I think it should follow Mozilla's example.

In order for it to bear the 'Android' name, Google has to approve of it, otherwise you can use the same code under a different name and still get to eat your cake.

I also think Google is treading on thin ice on this part:
That is an excellent idea.
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And so... the end for Android nears....
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And so... the end for Android nears....
Maybe the end of Android as in being insanely open.

As an iOS user, Android just seems like a wild mishmash of software and hardware with way too many players being involved, whether it's Google, the carriers, or hardware vendors. With an iPhone, there's only one camp with any sort of say - Apple. The fact that Google is clamping down the platform is appealing to someone like me, since I'm used to an infamously clamped down system already. I don't require the ultimate control over every facet of my device like some people here do. For me, Google pulling back the reigns will mean higher standards, higher quality, and a better experience. Just my honest two cents.
 
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There's a reason why I haven't been truly interested in any phones beyond ones with stock or near-stock Android, like the G1, Nexus One, G2 (which I currently own), Nexus S, etc. I can root a phone and put on non-standard ROMs if I want one.

I think another serious point of fragmentation is how many different versions of Android are currently in use on phones across the globe. There are still people running phones on 1.6, all the way up to the current 2.3.3; in addition to that, there are still newer phones being released without the most up-to-date version; I would be happy if a phone launched with the best version available at the time.
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They should focus on removing bloat-ware or crap-ware from the Market like the 100000x apps that does the same thing or the 1000x apps that enables stuff that is already functional on the phone to begin with.
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