It’s such a simple idea: Android updates roll out too slowly, so start releasing all the cool stuff separately. The hard part is making it actually work. But the first reason this is now possible is a little app that has finally come of age: “Google Play Services.”
This is how you kill fragmentation dead. If there was one thing worth pointing out with every Android app update, it’s that what you might see as a “core” Google app would update independently of the OS.
What’s effectively like running core extensions that are self-updatable with all the permissions it needs really is cunning way to dodge those ridiculously slow carriers and manufacturers.