If OEMs could be forced to produce updates within a certain time frame from a new Android release it could help. I would love to see WP7 rise tbh
The one thing which I thought was that if Google become more restrictive with their source-code it may alienate Android fans and developers. on the other hand it means a much better situation regarding Androids fragmentation.
On a Side note: the conspiracy theorists who think that Google are purposefully witholding the Honeycomb source code because they want to "take a new direction" can go die somewhere, if they want to hold onto the source code they can do so as long as they see fit.
I still fail to see what all the fuss about fragmentation is. I don't know anyone who has been affected. As for those not buying an Android phone, and using fragmentation as an excuse, it is mainly a problem for developers not end users.
I have no idea why fragmentation is stated as such a problem. All new devices are coming 2.2+ and pretty much all programs run on this.
Anyhow the android marketplace automatically filers out apps that don't run on your device so how would you notice.
I am sure some are blaming fragmentation on the fact that their device cannot run one program or another. If you buy a wildfire or similar spec device then obviously you cannot run hd games. This has nothing to do with fragmentation and everything to do with the device.
Sent from my apple stomping, berry crushing droid! Samsung Galaxy S.
Nice article, my current contract expire in July and am already thinking of my next phone (have had an HTC Snap for the last 18 months and very happy with it), have been toying with either moving to RIM with a BB Torch (wife has one and she loves it), or else sticking with HTC and trying out Android, this article may just have helped in my final decision so long as I can get a decent contract when it's time to renew.
If my maths holds out (although I make no guarantees), that's 93.6% of devices on Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread, which have minimal compatibility issues between them. As Android matures, fragmentation will become less of an issue, not more so.
fragmentation? never had an issue...like the guys said above all new devices are 2.1 up...i'm on my second one and never had issues...
sounds like steve trying to pull a fast one LOL....frag is a non issue to the end consumer...and if app devs want to keep on developing they need to suck it up.
personnally i like all the upgrades!! a new faster smarter interface every 6 months? perfect!
Makes sense that Android will dominate... it is by far the best of the current lot of Mobile OS's. Having used pretty much all of them (except maybe Microsoft's newest), I must say that Android blows all of the others out of the water.