Android 7.0 Nougat: soon for updates without the approval of the manufacturers

according to new documents sent to manufacturers, Google is working on a new update system which would keep a piece of Android to date, without assistance from the manufacturer of the device.


the update of the Android Compatibility Definition Document release 7.0 Nougat Android definitely contains several surprises. In addition to prohibiting manufacturers, like Samsung , to implement their own windowing system , thus forcing them to use the Android 7.0 Nougat, Google could also make some changes to the system update to Android.

paragraph 3.1.1 of the document that made the chip to ear of the Ars Technica site who reports this information.


this paragraph presents the opportunity for Google to update the AOSP API (Android Open Source Project), the base of Android, which Google add its own services through the Google Play Services. Of after the paper manufacturers indeed must necessarily implement the libraries ExtShared and ExtServices from AOSP, that they cannot change their interface Builder.

an update without going through manufacturers

the ExtShared and ExtServices are two new apps (APK) system installed by default on Android 7.0 Nougat under devices. From Ars Technica, the two applications are currently empty of all content if it is two strings: ‘Android Services Library’ and ‘Android Shared Library. Vacuum at present, although the obligation to its two applications installation guarantees Google the possibility to update easily on all devices by the Store.

Google wants to make as many updates as possible with the Play Store

what to remember this novelty is that it seems that Google wants again increase the number of items that the Store Google will update . Today, most of the Google applications (Gmail, calendar, calculator, Google Now Launcher, etc.) exist on the Store which allows the Publisher to update independently of Android. The firm is the same way with the Google Play Services that are updated by the Store. This allows to maintain these elements of Android without the participation of manufacturers or operators.

here, Google should be able to update a set of APIs from AOSP as it does with the Google Play Services . It will be new versions of Android APIs, but whose source code will be free, unlike the Google Play Services based on an owner of Google code.

of course, even with this system it will not avoid Android to have new major version, it will be difficult to deploy on the majority of terminals in the world, often abandoned by their operators or their manufacturer.

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