Burke quite clearly indicates that Google will not allow the OEM partners to tinker dramatically with the company’s overall UI. In addition, Burke confirmed that Google will be managing the software updates for Android Auto, Android TV and Android Wear OS directly.
The company wants to make the software updates for the new products automatic and seamless, “more like Chrome on the desktop”, added Burke and confirmed that the company wants to do the same for the Android Auto and Android Wear.
Arstechnica’s report also notes that the recently announced LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live run almost the identical Android versions with same build numbers. Google has even listed few apps on its support page that are being provided for smartwatch adopters, with LG preloading a compass and world clock on its G Watch running Android Wear, while the Samsung Gear Live comes preinstalled with heart rate monitor, compass, and stopwatch apps.
Earlier, Google’s Dave Burke also confirmed that the Nexus program would continue despite the existence of Android Silver, and a new Nexus flagship running Android L can be expected to launch later this year.
At the beginning of this year, Google and Samsung caught the tech world by surprise by announcing a long-term patent cross-licence deal. Soon after the deal, a report suggested that Google, not very happy with the new Magazine UX, was making Samsung tone down its Android tweaks and own apps.
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