Google is changing the way it approaches the production of new Android smartphones, seeking to end fragmentation among phones running the many different versions of its OS.
For its upcoming line of Nexus smartphones and tablets, Google will give early access to up to five manufacturers in order to bring some form of unity to the devices running the Android operating system.
Previously, Google would work with a single manufacturer at a time, helping it produce a lead device. This strategy produced successful phones, but it also left the market with many slightly different versions of Android.
All that variance has made it difficult for developers to create apps that work for every version of Android, and many Android users often get stuck with phones incapable of updating to the newest versions of the OS.