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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Version fragmentation
by DigitalAxis on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 01:20 UTC
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As much as it's the manufacturer's fault for not being able to push out new releases (one would wish that the impending Samsung Galaxy S with Android 2.1 would mean Samsung's devs were sufficiently skilled with Android 2.1 to port it to the Behold II, but apparently not), it's also Google's fault for releasing so many versions. And unless, as Rubin says, development actually slows down, I don't see the problem getting any better.

If Google merely releases less often, I forsee a situation where Android N+1 will be so different from Android N that you'll genuinely need new hardware for it.

On the other hand, if memory serves, the only phone that ever ran anything lower than Android 1.5 was the HTC Magic/T-Mobile G1. That would imply that all the current devices with Android 1.5 and 1.6 were put in the pipeline during the first big push, and their manufacturers may simply have been caught off-guard, not used to updating system software (HTC has no excuse for the Hero or the Droid Eris, though). We'll need to watch and see how many of the ones on the way with 2.1 will actually get upgraded to 2.2 or 2.3.

It could be a matter of "only buy from these manufacturers", "only buy a high-end phone/phone that's selling well", or "you're screwed unless you update it yourself."

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RE: Version fragmentation
by DigitalAxis on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 02:15 in reply to "Version fragmentation"
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2005-08-28

http://developer.android.com/resources/dashboard/platform-versions....

According to the latest chart, 45% of all Android devices that can access the market are running 2.1. How many of those have upgraded, and how many are simply new devices crowding out the older ones... well, that remains to be seen. Google hasn't published actual numbers to go with that pie chart.

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