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Android Fragmentation — the seemingly impossible conversation

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fragmentation

The meaning of 'fragmentation' tends to mold to whatever the argument is, for good or bad

I'm sick of it, you're sick of it, everyone who knows much of anything about Android is sick of it. "Fragmentation" is a word that gets bandied about when it comes to Android more frequently than just about anything else. It turns out that an open source operating system installed on devices made by hundreds of manufacturers all over the world, many of which don't really care whether Google releases an update, creates an unstable ecosystem.

Who knew.

We all know the answer we want to see in response to suggestions that Android is too fragmented to be functionally compared to other platforms in the world today. It took a little while, but Google came up with an Answer. The almighty Google Play Services, a suite of apps and tools that glue multiple versions of Android together into a mostly similar experience that any manufacturer can have access to. All those manufacturers have to do is agree to play nice in Google's sandbox, and basically do whatever Google says.

And Google says that 93% of all Android devices that they monitor are using the most recent version of Google Play Services, which means even if those devices aren't using the most recent version of Android they have access to almost all of the new features Google has announced within the last year. And 93% isn't bad at all, right?

So what's the problem here?

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5 hours ago

Google equips Street View cars with methane sensors to detect gas leaks

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Street View cars are primarily used for collecting panoramic imagery of major cities and tourist attractions around the world, but that's not the only task they're mandated with. Google has outfitted a few Street View cars with methane sensors that enable the cars to check for natural gas leaks in the surrounding areas.

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14 hours ago

Updated Project Ara modular phone to get new processor

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Google has announced that its updated Project Ara is getting a new processor that will be even better. The processor from Rockchip is described in a Google+ post as being a "trailblazer" for the modular smartphone, which allows users to upgrade individual components rather than having to upgrade their entire phones as technology changes and progresses.

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15 hours ago

Android Central 199: Phunk Edition

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Audio-only stream below

The HTC One M8 is now running Windows Phone, Uber's API may see it come to all the apps, we break down the latest FUD of the week, and we edge ever close to the release of the Moto 360, and Motorola's next smartphones. Plus, where we stand with the next Nexus, and we answer your questions live!

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15 hours ago

Weekly sidebar poll results: Is $250 the right price for the Moto 360?

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Numbers don't tell the whole story

Everyone's a little excited about the Moto 360, and when it was leaked that the price may be $250, we had to ask and see what everyone thought of that. We made the poll simple, and asked if you would buy a Moto 360 for $250.

Over 67-percent of us would.

So it appears that Motorola found a price point that people could swallow (if that $250 price is right). We also asked for folks to spill it all in the comments and let us know if they will be buying a Moto 360 if they said "yes", or why they won't be buying one no matter what their answer. Some interesting conversation going on in there.

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17 hours ago

We're giving away HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition No. 1!

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HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition

OK, folks. This is going to be fun. Because not only do we have one of the 64 only living copies of the HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition — we've got copy No. 1. Numero Uno. The very first one.

And one of you is going to win it next week, on the 200th episode of the Android Central Podcast.

Pique your interest? Read on.

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17 hours ago

Gecko Design acquisition would help Google commercialize advanced research projects

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Google is showing that it may be moving more into the hardware space thanks to the acquisition of Gecko Design, a mechanical engineering and product design firm, that was announced today. Though details of the deal were not disclosed, Gecko's design team will be joining Google X, the Internet search giant's laboratory for advanced technology research projects.

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20 hours ago

How to use autofill forms in Chrome

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Chrome Autofill

ChromeWhen you log into your Google account within Chrome on any platform, Google syncs your history, bookmarks, settings, and almost all information saved within your previous browser sessions. (Assuming you've told it to, of course.) While it can be handy to have your previous history or bookmarks always up to date on all of your devices, Chrome also tries to assist you in tedious tasks such as filling out forms that involve your name, address, and much more information about yourself.

Chrome does this by auto saving your form history and includes it with the data that is synced between all of your browsers. In Chrome for mobile, Google allows the user to not only turn on this feature but to also browse saved autofill form data, create new profiles for future forms, edit what has been saved, and to add credit cards to make purchases easier.

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20 hours ago

We're podcasting live today at 4 p.m. EDT!

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It's time to limber up, folks. This is gonna be a good one.

On tap today, on the Greatest Android Podcast in the World: We'll discuss Windows Phone coming to the HTC One M8 (or did the HTC One M8 go to Windows Phone?), we'll see if anyone's stirred up any FUD in the past week or so, and Uber is coming to all the services. Plus, LG has new low-end phones, the developer of Flappy Bird releases a new app, and we'll answer your questions live on air!

So join us here at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — as we record episode 199 of the Android Central Podcast!

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