Is fragmentation a thing of the past for Android?

In today's Android roundup: Fragmentation may not be the problem it once was for Android. Plus: What will you do with Android Wear devices? And check out the top ten Android action games

Fragmentation has long been regarded as one of Android's biggest problems. It has been a headache for developers and users alike over the years. But is it still as much of an issue or is Android moving on from its fragmented past? Gigaom thinks that fragmentation is a receding problem for Android.

According to Gigaom:

What the heck is happening? Isn’t Android supposed to be a total pain for developers like us (as well as our clients)?

It’s time to talk Google Play Services. Play Services is more important than OS installs when planning and designing an Android app. Play Services, introduced in 2012, is effectively a background download of core services required to run apps on Android.

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I'm inclined to agree with the spirit of the article. Yes, fragmentation has been a significant problem in the past for Android. But there's no denying that Google is working hard to move the platform past the fragmentation issues that have plagued it over the years.

So I see fragmentation as a problem that is slowly but surely sunsetting on the Android platform. No, it's not going to just vanish immediately but it will continue to decline as time goes by and more and more of Google's efforts bear fruit. Google Play Services and Android Silver should both help cut down on the problem of fragmentation in Android.

I recognize that some folks may feel that Google isn't moving fast enough, but I think it's a good idea to be patient and let them put the pieces in place to truly eliminate fragmentation issues in Android. It's something that they have been aware of for a long time, but solving the problem requires Google to get their house in order as well as bring other Android manufacturers into the fold.

What will you do with Android Wear?

A redditor asks what people think they will be able to do with Android Wear devices.

According to Reddit:

Several devices are already out and the Moto 360 will be out soon. What do you think will later be added to the smart watches that will justify the average consumer spending so much money?

I'm extremely tempted to buy the 360 as soon as it's available, but I don't plan on spending $250 or more on a device with as little functionality as the demos show. Of course, I know that smart watches with Android Wear are fresh out of the oven, but I'm wondering if I can buy one with the expectation of significant development over the first year.

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I feel like a bit of a luddite regarding wearables. I want them to succeed but I view them with a dubious eye right now. I am hoping that they prove to be something more than just accessories for smartphones. I feel like I'm in a bit of a holding pattern to wait and see how they develop.

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