In an interview with Mercury News Andy Rubin (Google’s VP of Engineering), acknowledged that the current speed at which Android OS development is going is not sustainable in the long term and that they will have to cut down to only one update a year so that “things start settling down.”
Rubin explained in the interview that the speed at which updates came out was very high because they wanted to get the “product up to market spec.”
This should be great news for both OEM’s and developers.
The pace at which Android has seen updates is amazing, and truly demonstrates how much blood and sweat the people over at Google have put into the product, however OEM’s have been finding it especially hard to keep up with Androids pace thus causing fragmentation in the market. Different versions of Android floating around has made it more difficult for developers to create applications that run well on all devices and in many cases only run on the latest version.
I think this is great news for everyone, avoiding fragmentation would ensure we as end users can use all the applications when they come out without having to wait for ever until the OEM’s catchup and provide an OS update.
Quote from Andy Rubin:
“So we launched it, and from our internal 0.8, we got to 1.0 pretty quickly, and we went through this iteration cycle. You’ve noticed, probably, that that’s slowed down a little bit. Our product cycle is now, basically twice a year, and it will probably end up being once a year when things start settling down, because a platform that’s moving — it’s hard for developers to keep up. I want developers to basically leverage the innovation. I don’t want developers to have to predict the innovation.”
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