Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 13:44 UTC

Google's strategy is clear. Play Services has system-level powers, but it's updatable. It's part of the Google apps package, so it's not open source. OEMs are not allowed to modify it, making it completely under Google's control. Play Services basically acts as a shim between the normal apps and the installed Android OS. Right now Play Services handles the Google Maps API, Google Account syncing, remote wipe, push messages, the Play Games back end, and many other duties. If you ever question the power of Google Play Services, try disabling it. Nearly every Google App on your device will break.

Fragmentation addressed through the backdoor. Too bad it's too technical for most blogs, so the fragmentation line will be parroted for years and years to come.

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by kaiwai on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 14:57 UTC
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Personally I think that fragmentation is pretty much over blown once you actually take out low cost mass produced Android phones such as ZTE, Huawei, Alcatel etc. and just look at the big players like Sony, HTC and Samsung which have pretty much all sitting at around 4.2.2. The biggest problem it appears isn't carriers in general but carriers in America because it seems that most of the complaints centre around US carriers screwing over customers rather than OEM's necessarily holding back updates - so shouldn't the question be about how to stop carriers in the US from screwing over consumers than the nebulous question of fragmentation?

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