Google prohibits actions that fragment in Android
Google recently updated its SDK license terms for the first time in a long while. While most changes are minor, one change has been grabbing quite a few headlle’s proclamation that those using the SDK are disallowed from taking “any actions that may cause or result in the fragmentation of Android”. Here’s the full clause in question:
3.4 You agree that you will not take any actions that may cause or result in the fragmentation of Android, including but not limited to distributing, participating in the creation of, or promoting in any way a software development kit derived from the SDK.
Many outlets report that this change is in response solely to the perceived “fragmentation” problem that has plagued Android’s image for so long, putting the onus on developers, rather than handset manufacturers and wireless carriers. It’s true that the language in the first part of the clause uses the words “any actions,” but we think Google had a very specific purpose for this change of terms, and it isn’t meant for developers – Google wants to prevent another Aliyun fiasco.