To Battle Android Fragmentation Google now 'Less Open' with New SDK Modification

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    It's a fine line to walk. How can you remain as open as possible, yet still create enough cohesion and structure to avoid fragmentation? It almost sounds like a dilemma question on a college philosophy test doesn't it? Unfortunately it is precisely this razor's edge that Google must walk with Android everyday, and today's news suggests they made the choice to stray across to the "less open" side of things.

    Google has updated their Android SDK licensing terms and agreements to help keep things more focused and reduce fragmentation. Here's a quote with the details,

    In many ways this is good news. Addressing the fragmentation problem will benefit Android greatly. It helps consumers avoid obsolescence a bit longer with their devices, and greatly helps developers from having to create extra versions of their apps to be compatible with the various Android versions. Still, Google always strives to "not be evil." While this new "control mechanism" helps to keep fragmentation reduced, it also bends Google toward a more rigid and "Apple-like" way of doing things. Share your perspective on the subject.

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    Great opening. Just remember than even in the "wild West" there were lawmen to help keep order ;)
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    Good read, thanks for that and android 2.X still remains the most used this I can confirm just by the sheer amount of cheap phones on the market ;)
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    Some standards are definitely needed and will be much appreciated. They could use a little more standards in the hardware area as well though it may be to late for much of that. A more standard way to do a factory reset at the hardware level is one example.
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    After having my new tablet on the charger for 10 hours to charge the battery, the tablet still will not turn on. I have read the manual and there is nothing as to why it will not start. Can anyone please help me?
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    Was here an indication that it was actually charged? If so, long press the power button.

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