Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 23:00 UTC
Google Yes, it's been a long road, but Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has achieved a major milestone. Just over half a year since it's been released, Google's latest Android version has crossed the all-important 7% installed base barrier. This is a major achievement for Android, so Google has reason to celebrate. I'm proud to be part of the 7.1%.
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by kurkosdr on Mon 4th Jun 2012 14:30 UTC
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2011-04-11

No offense, but since not even Google cares about upgrading their Nexus line in time (the Nexus S started getting ICS, then the upgrade got pulled because it was problematic, then it finally got ICS months after the Galaxy Nexus), why should OEMs care?

Now, walking the fine line that seperates constructive criticism from trolling, i 'll dare to say that the unstable ABI inherited from Linux is hurting Android. Everytime a major version arrives, drivers for the chip have to be rewritten. Two solutions would be for Google to define a kernel driver model and keep it stable for as long as possible, or limit Android certification (OEMs need it to get the proprietary Play and Maps apps) to a specific handfull of chips (this should also help development). Either way, Google has some decisions to make to reduce version fragmentation, fast. The trick of steering the conversation to UI fragmentation (from version fragmentation) every time someone asks won't work for Google execs much longer.

Sure, people don't care about upgrades, but once they learn it's the reason new apps (like Chrome) don't show up in their Google Play, they will get angry and buy a WP8

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