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What does Google need from Android?

The ‘Android has problems’ narrative is very clearly established (as established, of course, as the ‘Android is selling in vast numbers’ narrative). There’s the fragmentation by OS version, the fragmentation by hardware, the consistently lower engagement and monetisation, and of course the financial weakness of all the branded OEMs except Samsung, which has an equally unhealthy (for Google) 45-50% or so of Android device sales.

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