As everyone knows, the main problem of Android fragmentation is, and it is that the huge number of manufacturers making use of this operating system, along with its multiple customizations and modifications made to that to get an update we have to work for weeks or months on the version of Android that Google has provided.
This means that while some manufacturers are relatively fast, others take months or directly, do not provide update due to the overhead of a models of smartphones that appear on the market every year. But Google, in an effort to solve the problem of fragmentation, may have given with a key point.
“Android Extensions”, the great hope of Google
The CDD of acronyms Compatibility Definition Document, It is a document that exposes everything you must do a manufacturer to make one of your devices are considered compatible Google to bring their services. In the corresponding to 7.0 Android CDD Nougat added a section on the part of software, specifically the 3.1.1
3.1.1 Android Extensions
Android includes the support of extending the managed APIs while keeping the same API level version. Android device architect MUST preload the AOSP implementation of both the shared library ExtShared and services ExtServices with versions higher than or equal to the minimum versions allowed per each API level. For example, Android 7.0 device architect, running API level 24 MUST include at least version 1.
In the section you can read just above this line, Google seems to be talking about an extension of the functionality using shared libraries and that any manufacturer must, necessarily, include in their devices with Android Nougat. This part is not included, if you have doubt, in the CDD of Android Marshmallow.
As they theorize on Ars Technica, and to summarize everything what they say there, These libraries would act in the same way that makes today the services of Google Play, which is simply an apk that can be upgraded through the app store. Again, according to the article of this blog, CDD mentions two particular apk files.
Their names are “GoogleExtShared.apk” and “GoogleExtServices.apk” and they found them both in Google Pixel LG V20, but these files were, as they say, almost empty. This could result in these files can be updated through Google Play, if it is that this theory is to be true.
It is better to take it with tweezers, because, as we have said, is a simple theory and, therefore, it is best to not get excited yet. However, if this proves to be true, it would be a clear signal that Google wants to get rid of the fragmentation and so deliver better operating system by moving more recent and the not so much.
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