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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RE: Confused
by WorknMan on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 19:13 UTC in reply to "Confused"
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The fragmentation problem with Android is overblown, especially recently.

I don't know about that. Recently, my dad installed MLB At Bat 2013 on his Nexus 10, and got a big, fat message saying that the app was not supported on his device. Well, why the hell not? It's Android 4.2, after all, and other devices running 4.2 (like the Asus Transformer) is on their compatibility list.

There's no reason why it shouldn't work. And as a matter of fact, it DOES work. I told him to ignore the message and run it anyway. And he's had no issues with it.

Still though, if fragmentation is not an issue, and it works on one device running 4.2, it should run on ALL of them, without vendors having to maintain a list of officially supported devices. On Windows, you don't see that kind of shit. If it works on Windows 8, then it works everywhere, assuming your machine has the horsepower to run it.

Here's another example... what mobile devices work with NFL Sunday Ticket?

Instead of listing specific Android devices, why not just put in there whatever version of Android it supports and/or what specs are required? Could you imagine looking at the minimum requirements for a Windows app and seeing specific models of Dell or Lenovo computers listed?

Edited 2013-09-03 19:17 UTC

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