Google moves to stop Android fragmentation

Big G tightening up rules on what mobile makers can do to Android

Tweaks and changes must be run past Google first according to report.

Google is looking to tighten up its Android operating system amid increasing concern that the OS is becoming too fragmented. That’s according to a Business Week report, which claims that Google is now demanding that any changes to the OS’s code be run past it first.

Word is that any tweaks to early release code have to be run past Android head honcho Andy Rubin, while the company is also using so-called “non-fragmentation clauses” to stop too many changes being made to the OS without its permission.

Google is also insisting that any partnerships formed around Android need to be given its seal of approval. Word is that some tech players are unhappy with the rules, saying it flies in the face of the open nature of the operating system.

Custom skins, such as Motoblur and HTC Sense, have meant Android updates have been difficult to roll out uniformly, while other manufacturers still insist on using older versions of the software with new phones. With these changes, Google is looking to make the whole implementation of Android much simpler from its end.

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Via MacRumors and Business Week