Google takes first step into containing the ‘fragmentation’ issues of its mobile OS.
One of the biggest criticism faced by Android is its ‘fragmentation’ among different devices. Unlike the iOS, Android is being used on a wide range of hardware specifications, on various screen sizes and in no-less-than three separate versions (2.2, 2.3 and 3.0 Honeycomb). To combat this issue of fragmentation, Google yesterday released a Fragment API that allows developers to build apps much more easily across the various platforms and versions.
According to CNET, the Fragment library is included with Android Honeycomb 3.0. The library will provide developers tools to program applications compatible with Android version as old as 1.6 and create tablet-compatible user interfaces.
“Today we’ve released a static library that exposes the same Fragments API (as well as the new LoaderManager and a few other classes) so that applications compatible with Android 1.6 or later can use fragments to create tablet-compatible user interfaces,” said Xavier Ducrohet, technical leader for the Android software developer kit, in a blog post yesterday.