Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Jun 2010 22:42 UTC
Google Fragmentation. You'll often hear people say this is a major problem with Google's Android platform; there are many devices running multiple different versions of the mobile operating system, leading to fragmentation. Dan Morrill, Android's open source and compatibility program manager, addresses this issue in a blog post, and details what Google is doing to fight it. The gist: it's a non-issue - according to Google, that is.
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Updates need to be guaranteed
by -APT- on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 10:13 UTC
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The phone manufacturers need to guarantee updates for a certain amount of time instead of treating these phones like disposable items. If you sell a phone with the intention of people using it on a 2 year contract, operating system updates should be done for that length of time.

Certain customers are getting stung badly. I bought a HTC Hero, paid £400 at the time. I don't expect updates for it forever - but if I was relying on HTC for the official update then I'd still be waiting for it sometime this month. I'd be unable to use the official Twitter client, Google Navigation, and probably various other applications if it was left on 1.5.

If my £400 was spent on the Nexus One then I'd be pretty much guaranteed updates for as long as Google is able to update it. I'm pretty bitter that I've paid for an expensive smart phone which HTC has treated as a dumb phone which so far has received just a single update.

My conclusion is fairly simple - if you want to avoid fragmentation then go for an officially supported Google device. Anything else is a risk, even the most popular phones of today will be old news tomorrow and an inconvenience to the manufacturer when they're trying to sell their latest and greatest phone.

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