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Google IO 2013 was the launch pad of tons of new android services and features, but there was one thing that was most notably missing, an actual upgrade to android. The absence of a new version of Android is actually note worthy and pretty exciting because this is Google's answer to fragmentation.
Complaints of too many different handsets with versions of Android that the manufactures had no intention of updating was creating a bit of a mess for app developers and users. If you stop and think about it every new feature announced today will be available without any major software upgrades. Take a minute, think about it, the implications of this are huge!! Google is updating features and apps for phones that run very old versions of Android, dating back to 2.2 Froyo. This means access to new features without having to ask the question when will my carrier be rolling that update out to my device. What we have here is the beginning of the end to Android fragmentation or at the very least a much needed year for everyone to play catch up.