Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has defended Android’s fragmentation at CES 2012, stating that the operating system’s varying spread across numerous devices should be referred to as ‘differentiation’.
Speaking during a panel discussion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Schmidt took objection to the word ‘fragmentation’ and its negative connotions which imply “the app only runs on one device and not the others”.
Instead, Schmidt posited that the installation of different versions of Android on different devices should be know as ‘differentation’ explaining, “Differentiation is positive, fragmentation is negative.”
Whatever the case, the Google chief was keen to stress the importance of this year’s buzzword ‘ecosystem’ and how Android is going to be an all-encompassing force in your life.
“Computing devices without a network are lonely,” said Schmidt. “You really want to be able to walk into your house and, through your Android device, have all the devices in your house adjust because you’ve walked in. The TV should know that you’ve come in and turn on to your favorite show.”
Despite the need for conformity across Android smartphones and tablets, it seems Schmidt is fine with manufacturers having a tinker with Google’s operating system.
“We want to get everybody under Ice Cream Sandwich, but we absolutely allow our developers to add or change anything, as long as they’re not breaking anything,” stated Schmidt. “The great thing is if you don’t like one phone, you can choose another. You’re not bound to certain hardware.”
So what do you make of Schmidt’s verdict on Android differentiation? Pure semantics or a genuinely fresh outlook on Google’s smartphone OS? How long will it be until every device in your house is Android powered? Let Life of Android know in the comments section below.