Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Google developers about the fragmentation of Android, devices, and Project Butter - 3DNews

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Although during the keynote presentation of the first day of the event Google I / O with regard to Android dealt mainly with the development of applications, the company is preparing a lot of other announcements for its mobile operating system. This became clear during a special debate in San Francisco, which was attended by 11 members of Team Android. Within 40 minutes they answered questions from the public and even avoided answers about the future functions of Android, yet shed light on the direction of the platform, and also shared some of the findings of the distance traveled.

conversation started with the question: what Android team would like to do differently from the very beginning of the development platform? Senior Developer Android Diana Hakborn (Dianne Hackborn) noted that it would be necessary initially to provide greater control over the applications platform – the latter had to be stronger than the limit in terms of access to certain system functions. One of the first members of the team and now head of the Android Google Play Store Ficus Kirkpatrick (Ficus Kirkpatrick) added that never fails the first time to make things right. However, he stressed: «I do not regret we have made mistakes and I think that the most important thing – time to market of certain functions with the high speed with which we have done».

Touched team and platform fragmentation issue, noting that the fight against this phenomenon spent a lot of energy. Technical Director of the Android platform Dave Burke (Dave Burke) said: «We are constantly thinking about this task» . He explained that many device manufacturers, with source code, process it, creating its own platform support package (BSP, Board Support Package) for compatibility with the operating system of their equipment. In order to simplify this process, the developers made the Android OS code more layered, causing manufacturers were able to make changes without affecting the entire operating system.

For the vast masses of users of older versions of Android Dave Burke said that the dominance of Gingerbread in emerging markets due to lower memory requirements of the platform. Problems with jerks at work interface, according to the creators of Android, probably related to individual applications, rather than the system as a whole – such applications are often designed to work on more modern equipment. Also, Mr. Burke added: «We are working towards improving the efficiency of execution Android smartphones on the initial class to help in improving the situation».

Director of Android user environment Matias Duarte (Matias Duarte) stressed that his team is working in many different directions with a mass of partners and co-operation with manufacturers is given special importance. He added that the problem of fragmentation is very complex and one of the last steps towards improving the situation was to promote ????????? Samsung Galaxy S4 a reference platform Android, which many may prefer the Nexus 4. Although it will not be Nexus-device, it will receive the latest updates much earlier than devices based on modified versions of Android.

Touched Android team and Initiatives Project Butter, in which the interface of the operating system has become much more responsive and faster on all devices running Jelly Bean. This technology was introduced at last year’s event, Google I / O, and although Matias Duarte believes that significant progress was made, he is also convinced that more could be done, especially with regard to relatively low-power devices. The fact is that the Android team is working mainly on the equipment class Nexus 4 and was somewhat spoiled by the productive capacity GPU. Now attention is focused on optimizing for weak devices. Senior Software Android Roman Guy (Romain Guy) said that every time the development of new functions and applications for the mobile platform, the team is trying to make sure that the new code does not have a negative impact on system performance.

the whole word of Android developers have convinced the public that despite the lack of announcement of the new version of Android on this event Google I / O, the pace of development platforms are not reduced. Ficus Kirkpatrick said that the mobile industry today is extremely competitive and constantly changing, so that the company is committed to the development of Android in a timely manner to innovate and respond quickly to change.

developers also said that despite the impressive capabilities of modern devices based on Android, the platform is still in the initial phase of its development, and there is still much more than has already been implemented. So in the next few years we should see a lot of interesting things.

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