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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Necessary evil
by Praxis on Tue 1st Jun 2010 23:10 UTC
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No matter how much Google tries to downplay the fragmentation issue, its still going to be a thorn in their side for a long time and they know it. Carriers just don't like having to move fast. Unfortunately I don't think Google really had any choice. They don't make their own hardware and didn't have any clout in the industry when they started the Android project. They couldn't just walk in and tell the phone makers and carriers how to run their business. And the open source nature of the project means that google can't force its partners to do anything.

I think things are getting better though, Google has done a good job creating demand for its os, and for newer versions of its os. If enough people demand faster updates we may very well see them, they also must realize that the only way to compete with Apple is to offer a better product, which they can't do by dragging their feet with updates, for the moment Android has an advantage with Froyo, but for how long? If they wait 6 months to a year to get it out there, Apple may have taken back the crown. The reality of the market is going to force them to get their act together or lose to Apple. I hope they can get their act together but who knows.

Edited 2010-06-01 23:11 UTC

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by nt_jerkface on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 00:33 in reply to "Necessary evil "
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They could have designed the OS to auto-update.

They could have specified multiple hardware classes for developer to target.

They have options, fragmentation was never necessary.

And by fragmentation I mean fragmented as in not a single platform. What a lame defense Morrill gave, as if fragmentation is a completely subjective issue. The fragmentation problems that android developers have had are clearly stated in the android forums. Or you can just read some recent headlines to see the problem.

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RE: Why?
by Praxis on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 01:05 in reply to "Why?"
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I didn't say that fragmentation wasn't a problem, quite the opposite. But I really doubt that the handset manufacturers were willing to cede enough control of the os on their phones to google for google to eliminate the fragmentation issue. Look at what the handset makers are saying about Android right now, "we want more differentiation for the software on our phones" so they slap all kinds of skins on top of it. If you think they would willing hand over all control of the os running on their phones you are mistaken.

Google does need to do a better job working around the handset makers for sure though.

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