Android 3.0 to focus on user experience, end fragmentation - Google

Google is planning to focus on its Android user experience and do away with custom UI overlays in its next big update to the mobile operating system, according to TechCrunch.

One of the main criticisms about the Android operating system is how ugly it looks and how it lacks the snazzy user experience that the rival iPhone has, but TechCrunch sources have revealed that Google is going to change all of that with its next major update, 3.0, codenamed Gingerbread.

This will result in phone manufacturers not requiring a UI overlay to make Android look and feel better, such as HTC's Sense or Motorola's Blur, which in turn will mean that Android users can update their OS to the latest version much quicker instead of waiting for HTC, Motorola, or others to update their skin to work with the new version first.

Fragmentation has been another of Android's biggest faults, but with no UI overlays and the potential for instant updates, like Google's own Nexus One can achieve, there is a strong possibility that all Androids in the future could be running a single, unified version.

Considering it was announced only today that those who have a HTC Hero will finally get the 2.1 Eclair update by the end of the month, after countless delays, it's readily apparent that Google needs to sort out its fragmentation issue, and version 3.0 may just do that - fingers crossed.