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New Android 4.0 UI could mean the end of Android fragmentation

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New Android 4.0 UI could mean the end of Android fragmentation
Trying to cut back on the fragmentation that Android fans and foes alike have complained about, Google is now requesting from manufacturers that the code for the stock Android 4.0 UI, known as Holo, be included on all new phones. Failure to do so will result in Google taking away the manufacturers ability to access the Android Market. The new policy will still allow the handset producers to run their own skin over Android 4.0 just as long as Holo remains on the phone.

One major advantage to following this policy is that manufacturers will be able to update their handsets to the latest Android OS faster by keeping their skin apart from the OS it is running over. And by keeping menus and widgets all looking the same, it will mean that developers will have an easier time developing an app, knowing that it will look, feel and run the same on all Android 4.0 model smartphones. There will be three different Holo themes, Theme.Holo, Theme.Holo.Light, and Theme.Holo.Light.DarkActionBar

It certainly sounds like the age of fragmentation is coming to an end for Android and Google has done a very wise thing by allowing faster updates along the platform while still allowing manufacturers to impose some form of individualization on their Android models. If you want to make sure that the Android phone in your hand is following the new policy, simply look for the Android Market. If it is on the phone, you know that the manufacturer is following the new rules.

source: AndroidDevelopers via AndroidCentrral

The three Holo themes starting with Holo, Holo Light and Holo Light.Dark.ActionBar
The three Holo themes starting with Holo, Holo Light and Holo Light.Dark.ActionBar
The three Holo themes starting with Holo, Holo Light and Holo Light.Dark.ActionBar

The three Holo themes starting with Holo, Holo Light and Holo Light.Dark.ActionBar


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posted on 03 Jan 2012, 21:27 4

1. Carlitos (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just one question though, what do you mean by "..If you want to make sure that the Android phone in your hand is following the new policy, simply look for the Android Market."

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 22:05 2

6. pimpollofelice123 (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


It means that if they fail to include the "HOLO" theme on their 4.0 devices Google will not let them include the android market or and GAPPS!

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 23:15 3

10. Carlitos (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Thats Nice. Google putting down some really good rules.

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 21:39 1

2. droidguy2323 (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 Sep 2011)


Finally more Lg and Samsung late updates

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 22:59 1

8. bucky (Posts: 1504; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


dont u use a motorola??? If so, I definitely think you should quietly back out of the room :)

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 00:04 4

11. jroc74 (Posts: 4947; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If he lives in the US, he's fine. :)

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 21:42

3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


About time. If one thing was going to be the downfall of android, it was going to be fragmentation. Crisis adverted!

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 21:44 1

4. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Its about time Google said something... It took them a while to figure out what the fans like. Good job Google.

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 21:58

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Ha! Talk about new years resolution still think Widgets and other stuff the manufacturers add should be in the form of apps and services that could go on the market among other things . We might see the with Google brand a bit separated from powered by Android brand like I used to say. If companies want to put their deep skins then they will need toto start building an app store or something

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 22:34 3

7. rjbp64 (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


To be honest, i think this is a smart thing to do. If i undesrtand it correctly, this will make all android phones the same in regards to the software. If you think about it, the reason why apple has many more apps than android is because app builders dont have to worry about how the will perform on different phones because of the different softwares that the phones are running. Now if all android phones go through with this, i promise that there will be a huge increase of apps for all of android.

I say hell ya

GNexus

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 23:02 1

9. bucky (Posts: 1504; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I see what your saying and that would be lovely, but i honestly think fragmentation is always going to exist with Android. Its impossible to have soo many manufacturers have the openness they do and at the same time create the exact same specs to code too. screen res, gpu, cpu, screen size and ram all have to be taken into account. Just my thought.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 01:05 1

12. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Good to see Google taking step towards this issue.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 02:19 3

13. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


this is a great step for android. But im getting sick of the "android fragmentation" issue being thrown about yet the iOS fragmentation issue is getting zero attention. If this is the first you have heard about it, you proved my point.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 05:02

14. musi722 (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


i hope so!

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 06:05

15. BlazinEmperor (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


LOOL! Such an ugly UI! This thing looks so 2009, it's too basic... Am I lying?

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 08:16 1

16. chuckyoo (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


yes you are lying!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 11:48

20. frydaexiii (Posts: 1236; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


lol, have you seen iPhone OS ver. 1? Now look at iOS 5. Now look at Android Donut, and then at ICS. Now tell me which "thing" looks so 2009(or older)

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 08:19

17. chuckyoo (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Thanks Google for putting your foot down because unlike some, many of us would love to run AOSP base on our phone and the holo ui from google does just that. Likewise the fact that it will be easier to developers to create more app based on just the software vs. manufacturer junk clouding it. Now waiting for the great update on my Epic touch 4G with the AOSP holo UI. cheers!

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 09:42

18. ngo2dd (Posts: 787; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


There is a lot less people running Aosp then you think. CM is not ASOP.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 02:03

19. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


this really makes me wonder what the next HTC sense will look like

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