Google is planning to take its Android operating system to the next level. Not only it will run on smartphones or tablets, but it also will be operating in new products like smartwatches, cars and TVs. However, as part of the process, Google said the company is going to restrict the customization level of the core of the software by the hardware manufacturer. The company also insists that they will not lock down Android which is a common concern among device makers and players in mobile industry.
“It’s not some Google-way-or-the-highway kind of thing,” Google’s Vice President of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer said in an interview on Tuesday when the technology company rolled out Android 5.0 a.k.a Lollipop. The new Android version is designed to power up a wide range of product type apart from the usual phones and tablets.
Lockheimer also said that Google will need some time to ensure that it has the core right first on the operating system before the company allows the hardware manufacturer to go deeper in the customization of the software.
The Asus Zen Watch will be the first smart watch which comes with the software customization by the hardware manufacturer. Google is encouraging the device makers to come out with custom apps instead of creating their own versions of Android user interface. This movement is in line to the company’s objective to produce lower-cost devices in the range of $100 to the emerging market. One of this example is the Android One which is recently released in the India Market.