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[2]: Defragment or decouple?
by Tony Swash on Thu 5th Sep 2013 11:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Defragment or decouple?"
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Samsung really does not care. As long as there is actual competition in the platform market, they will prosper. They are the beneficiaries of Google's goal of having a market that is not controlled by one company.

Yet they know that their situation is better with Google providing services that they don't need to support.

I am not so sure about that.

On the topic of this article "Google is defragging Android". On reflection I think that Play Services defragments Android for Google, it doesn't not defragment it for anyone else.

This is a move designed to help just Google but it does not help anyone else trying to monetise the Android ecosystem.

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