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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Comment by Tony Swash
by Tony Swash on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 13:44 UTC
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"Of course, this is all nice and dandy, but it doesn't do anything to address the problem I think most of us think about when we talk about fragmentation: the multiple different versions of Android currently being shipped. Device makers and carriers are remarkably incapable, and this total lack of competence is only highlighted by Android. Every Android device - including the G1 - can run Froyo, Android 2.2, the latest version. Sadly, device makers and carriers block the upgrade process with their immense incompetence."

It may not be incompetence. Handset makers are in the business of selling handsets. If your old handset can be upgraded and you don't have to buy a phone to upgrade that's a loss for the handset manufacturer.

It will be interesting to see how this tension plays out. On the one hand Google wants maximum numbers of the latest version of Android in use, on the other hand the phone makers want to sell new phones and a new operating system can encourage people to upgrade to new phone if that is the only way to get it.

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