When Google announced Android Wear, Android TV and Android Auto at this year's I/O event, it mentioned that it was going to limit the amount of customization manufacturers would be able to undertake. However, that may change soon, according to vice president of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer.
In a recent interview with Re/code, Lockheimer said that the lockdown on customization was done to ensure that Google got all the basics right, and that more flexibility will be available to OEMs in the future. He said that Asus' upcoming Zenwatch will give users a first look as to how customization will look on Android Wear.
"It's not some Google-way-or-the-highway kind of thing. We're trying to find the right balance of differentiation and customization."
Lockheimer also mentioned that the Nexus line of devices, which saw new offerings in the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, will continue well into the future, stating that the "best way to develop an operating system is to do so in parallel with a piece of hardware."
Are you guys excited that Google is being more flexible in terms of software customization on new ecosystems?