Android fragmentation tool

HoneycombWith the diversity of Android devices available by manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola and others, developers have to face a big challenge when it comes to develop application for Android.

Google just released Android 3.0 – Honeycomb specifically optimized for tablet. With this new OS release, Google’s developers introduced a new application programming interface (API) to address the issue of the many different devices available in the Android world. The fragment application programming interface makes it easier for developers to build Android applications that work just as well on smartphones and tablets.

The fragment API’s can be built into an application so that devices running older Android OS that do not have the latest OS, have all the mininum requirement directly from the application itself. This will solve fragmentation problem for Android devices running Android operating system as old as version 1.6.

One of the main issue this new fragmentation API will solve is screen size as apps will appear differently on a smartphone and on a tablet.

Developers can create apps that will run on Android devices ranging from Android OS 1.6 to the latest Android running OS 3.0 Honeycomb. One app for all these devices, no matter the size, the functions, the OS, now that’s pretty neat. This will surely attract more programmers to develop Android apps as this new fragmentation library resolves one of Android’s main headache.

Related links

- The Android 3.0 Fragments API

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