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It’s been a couple of months since Google has started shipping the newest version of Android, and users are pleased with the improvements made to the OS. Some are enjoying the new features right now, while some are eagerly waiting the moment when they will receive their update as well. As is the custom for each version of the operating system, Google has recently released the new CDD. CDD stands for Compatibility Definition Document and it has come out for Android 7.0.



What the CDD is exactly, is a document created by Google which is pretty much formed of guidelines and rules regarding the use of Google’s property. Android in itself is open source, but it comes with apps that are property of Google and they have the final say in what happens to those apps and in what ways they can be used or altered. OEMs that want to ship out devices that feature either Google Play Store or other apps from Google, have to agree to and abide these regulations.

This brings us to the main point which is the two apps that have been found in a smaller anecdote inside the CDD. The mention made reference to Android Extensions, which are basically other Google services that run on top of the core operating system. Files have been found which seem to represent apps that don’t quite contain anything, leading many towards intriguing speculations. However, leaving “app shells” inside the OS is a way to ensure that once an app is updated on the Play Store, I can also be updated immediately by Google within each phone. What this further means, is that this might be Google’s way of preparing Android phones for future Backporting, and that these apps are currently empty because Google just shipped a brand new OS. But with time, we might see backporting become something of a regular appearance in Google’s plans.

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