Soon enough, developers may not need to worry about whether they’d rather make an app for Android 1.5, 1.6, 2.0 or 2.1 – or churn out versions for all of the above. Rumor has it that Google’s got a plan to solve the platform fragmentation problem that’s emerging.
Chris Ziegler wrote yesterday, “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.”
Then, aside from the obvious benefit to developers, this should make it possible for users to get new software straight from Google the moment it’s available, rather than wait for other parties to play catch-up.
So let’s just hope Ziegler’s intel is solid. His sources unfortunately opted to stay off the record.