Android TV, Wear and Auto Will Not Be Customized by OEMs
You know when you want to buy a new Android smartphone there are plenty of choices to look at. Those choices will include brand name, build material, hardware designs, and not to mention the User Interface (UI). For one Android Operating System (OS) there are plenty of customised UI that fits different devices. OEMs like HTC, Motorola, Sony, Samsung, and even Xiaomi have their own styles of Android all leading to different user experiences. This leads to a massive fragmentation of the OS and troubles Google in terms of updating each devices.
The recent Google I/O reveals a lot. You see a new OS shaping up, with the new OS comes an array of services you can link to, new hardware are announced to fit the new OS and new services. As usual Google doesn’t manufacture any of the hardware, instead they advice recommended hardware to the OEMs building the devices running Google’s Android services. This means also there are plenty of OEMs and there are bound to have plenty of variations when it comes to hardware. Usually OEMs will customise the OS inside their hardware. They mess around with Android and made the OS look the way they think best and in ways that suit them. This time though, with Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto Google wants them uniform.
Google decided that the additional features of Android will not be modified by any manufacturer and will appear the same with every hardware. They say they will allow OEMs to add whatever applications or services they deem appropriate but they may not touch the basic OS UI. This, according to Google also eliminates the influences of OEMs in software updates and control, Google will have full control over software of the Android devices. This will also make user experiences more consistent even when it comes with different hardware from different OEMs. How will it turn out then later? We at techENT would also like to find out.