Google released the first preview of Android, the new version of its operating system after Marshmallow by surprise. Among the innovations that will bring, we are faced with the split screen with two simultaneous applications, improvements in saving battery Doze, a blocking of calls and saving of data natively or dark subject among many other things.
As you can see, Android N will feature plenty of interesting news in the face of the user, but, is necessary a new version of Android soon? Has not passed half a year or since Android 6.0 Marshmallow was launched to the world and, according to the plans of Google, the new version 7.0 will come during the summer.
Welcome to be improvements, but these rush do not seem the most optimal way forward. Unless there is an indication that we can be to the beginning of a new system of Android updates.
Android N points to a new system updates
One of the biggest problems in the Android world is the fragmentation, rather than the own Google is aware, supported the conflict. Only a few days ago were released worldwide distribution of the various editions of Android data. Result that Lollipop is the most used for the first time since its launch in November 2014, more than one year after its publication, and when you have replacement.
In the case of Marshmallow, its use is enough residual with just 2.3% of fee. Also Kit Kat and Jelly Bean, comprises an important part of the cake is so there are many terminals that run on outdated versions of the operating system. Due to the slow adoption of Marshmallow, I believe that the arrival of Android N will accentuate this problem even more.
What remedies attempted this time Google? For the first time, Google will publish five updates preview monthly for Android N, during the months of March, April, may, June and July. With this measure, is you want to help manufacturers and developers adapt more quickly to the changes.
The first studies on the structure of Android N reveal changes in the contents of each part of the system, which left base and that can disrupt the manufacturer. Great lines, according to Android Central describes it, the operating system is divided between the core, which houses the framework on which moves everything, and the interface, to which it belongs all interactive apps, launcher and notifications.
This could mean that in the future updates could also become divided, more targeted to the specific elements that you want to work. It would be sensational to have a durable 7.0 framework which go applying volatile interfaces 7.1, 7.2, or whatever you do need. This would give greater independence to all parties; Google could optimize more easily the nucleus, while the manufacturers would have full access to their layers of personalization and bloatware.
The dilemma of the buyer
Precisely, one of the biggest problems of Android is hardware manufacturers, than are those who must adapt and launch the update for your devices. This is not Windows, and except for the Nexus series, very few terminals, updated to the weeks of the central release.
In addition, even then there will be a total adaptation. The high ranges and part of stockings Yes will receive their ration of Android, but a significant amount of smartphones will not run the same fate. and It will be a recurring theme among its users: “do you will receive my mobile or tablet X your Android N?”.
To my love always carry the latest Android, so when choosing phone always I fixed in the updates of your company policy. I escarmenté with Huawei, Motorola in recent times was taking more and more and in the end, LG (along with Nexus) is being which I welcome.
Are there sufficient changes to justify this iteration?
But apparently seen in recent years, already not worth so much be updated to the latest version if it is not for security reasons. I feel that Android N is not more than a 6.1, but I think and Marshmallow I see it as a simple evolution to the 5.2.
I have many of the added features on this occasion in my G4, as the double window. And, in case outside little, many of these innovations will depend on the layer of customization that the terminal if not is stock Android.
Before, the change of numbering (2.3 to 4.0 and 4.4) 5.0 implied a major restructuring of the environment and included an immense amount of news, and not just visually. Is it not preferable wait longer and increase the time that manufacturers adopt the update would at the same time that more improvements are introduced?
Thus the big winners would be consumers, would receive new Android updates almost instantly with juicy features that would send more satisfaction in Exchange for waiting. For example, the slow adoption of Marshmallow would be avoided and we would have many more devices with a better Lollipop.
By the side of Google, waiting longer between one and another version will garner a release with less bugs and better optimization. With Lollipop have the example more clear: just four months and four editions to solve bugs and add some other function (5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.1 and 5.1.1).
Developers, collateral victims
This also affects the developers of applications that are forced to perform retouching, tests and adjustments with each version. For example, with Android N they will have to prove its adaptability to the new customizable display, and some will stop working until now by the changes in the consultations permitted by Svelte Project.
As always, those who suffer most are more modest apps developers, autoempleados, without a heavy investment that absorb back work. It is not to compensate them much change, Sometimes it is preferable to wait to adapt to the new Android, because there are few terminals that are able to leverage their news after a few months.
What would be the best? That both Google, and manufacturers and developers work together in the next steps of Android. Unless the anticipated timetable for the preview is a step in the right direction. But for me, Android is an inadequate evolution and it won’t just worsen the fragmentation that is the operating system. You would propose solutions?