Android Nougat Compatibility Document reveals pieces of Google’s plan to push OEMs toward a more unified Android

With every major release of Android, Google releases an Android Compatibility Definition Document which lays out Google’s rules for Android OEMs in order for those devices to be approved to ship with Google’s services, including the Play Store. With Android Nougat the company waited a couple of months to release that document and today, it’s finally here. The 85-page document spells out Google’s plans for Android OEMs, and while most of the document is relatively unimportant for most people, there are some points worth talking about…

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Comment: Google’s Android is starting to shine through as OEMs continue lightening their skins

Android has evolved a lot over the years, but in the past, it had a serious problem with its looks. While stock Android has looked pretty good for the past several years, OEM skins had a tendency to ruin that, at least to a certain extent. And if not ruin, they definitely brought lots of design inconsistencies…

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Should Google make OEMs use stock Android instead of letting them skin the OS? [Poll]

One of the biggest problems facing Android is fragmentation. This is brought on by the fact that every smartphone manufacturer installs its own modified version of Android on its devices. This means it takes time and money to update each handset whenever a new version of Android comes out. Do you think Google should require OEMs to use stock Android so that this becomes less of an issue?

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Google will no longer require OEMs to preload Hangouts on phones, replaces it with Duo

Even though we already know Google Hangouts isn’t fully going away (at least not yet), things aren’t looking good. According to an email sent to Google Mobile Services (GMS) partners, Hangouts will no longer be required to be preloaded on new smartphones (via Android Police)…

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