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Facebook’s simple trick for serving many different Android devices

Some folks like to call it fragmentation, others call it choice, but by any name there are certainly a lot of different Android phones. Building applications that need to work with all of them is no easy task. You have wildly different hardware configurations that make for a big difference in performance, and even though one apk file can work on every one of them, there’s still the issue of needing an app to run smoothly on low-end devices without sacrificing features on high-end devices. When you’re talking about an app as popular as Facebook, this can quickly become a nightmare for the folks doing the coding.

Facebook showed everyone at the Big Android Meat and Greet a new solution that’s simple – the Device Year Class component.

A clever method for developers to tailor their applications for specific Android phones – and it’s open source.

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