No, we’re not talking about the obscene word. In fact, “fragmentation” is the word that caused Google headaches in the past and which the company trying to bring to an end and to guarantee its dominance on the market.
Android N will bring many new important features, it will focus on virtual reality and at the I/O conference that takes place this week in Mountain View, California, where 7,000 developers are participating, Google has unveiled more information about users should expect from the next the upcoming operating system.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s VR chief, said that “It’s really important that the operating system is built from the ground up with [VR] in mind” and that “The purpose of all that isn’t just for the technology. It’s to make it comfortable for customers to use.”
There are over 550 wireless carriers and 400 device makers collaborating directly or indirectly with Google and there are too many smartphones and tablets running on older Android versions, because these devices don’t meet the requirements for upgrading to the latest version. Fragmentation has hold Android back and if Google will solve this problem, it will dominate the world for sure.
In 2008 was released the first Android version and since then, there have been launched 13 more versions. The last one, Marshmallow, is installed on 7.5 percent of the total number of 1.4 billion Android devices, which is a pretty small number, compared to the total users who are on 2012’s Jelly Bean and 2013’s KitKat.
The first Android version was named Alpha and obviously, the second was named Beta, but in 2009, Google has named its operating system in alphabetical order, starting with Cupcake. All names have been inspired from sweets, but so far, Google hasn’t decided how to name “N”, which is now available as the first beta (through Developer Preview 3).
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, has admitted that fragmentation is a real challenge. “It’s not a simple thing that fragmentation is bad, because fragmentation is what causes diversity…and the diversity of Android is a big strength in itself,” but he would like to solve the problem caused by the “F” word, saying that “We would love important attributes to be available to all users.”