Engadget are reporting that the forthcoming version of Google’s Android operating system will make headway in starving off the fragmentation that started to develop last year. As you will know, Google have been burning through the Android versions since its original inception with Android 1.5. I now know people that collectively run 4 distinct versions of Android, and that quite simply will not do.
The word on the street is that Froyo is going to address these issues by separating out the applications, look and general widget-type-stuff from Android completely, and focus on the core. Everything that you then want to install onto your device you can do so via the Android market. Here is an excerpt from Endgaget‘s website.
We’ve been given reason to believe that the company will start by decoupling many of Android’s standard applications and components from the platform’s core and making them downloadable and updatable through the Market, much the same as they’ve already done with Maps
We like the sounds of this and, as a software development of sorts myself, I am surprised this wasn’t part of the game plan from the start. Nonetheless, implementing this now will be a little bit of a pain, but better now than this time next year, when Android is going to be even more prevelent with even more different types of hardware running the operating system.