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Top message:  That's a start-- by muchdrama   Jan 3, 2012, 7:31 PM

Replying to:  Re: That's a start-- by Tofuchong   Jan 3, 2012, 9:29 PM

You have got to be kidding

by T Bone    Jan 4, 2012, 12:59 AM

It is one thing to claim that Android fragmentation is not a major problem, that might actually be true because most consumers don't really give a rip about the issue, but to claim that it isn't a problem AT ALL?

You can't possibly be serious.

Look at this: ... »

Of the 18 most popular Android phones released before July 2010:

7 of the 18 smartphones never ran a current version of Android.

12 of the 18 ran the most current version 'for a few weeks' before a new version was released

10 of the 18 were at least 2 versions behind within their 2 year contract period

13 of the 18 stopped getting updates less than a year after release

15 of the 18 still don't run Gingerbread, more than a year after its release

16 of the 18 will never get Ice Cream Sandwich

When ICS is released, all 18 devices will be at least one full version behind

And if you didn't buy the Android phone immediately after it was released, the problem is even worse as OEM's now routinely pull all support for Android phones EVEN WHILE THOSE PHONES ARE STILL BEING SOLD.

The fact is, if you buy an Android device, the version of Android on it could be anywhere from Android 4.0 to 1.6 (for the cheap $99 tablets by companies like Digitech or Archos.)

This is like going to buy a new PC and finding out that, depending on the manufacturer, it may run anything from Windows 95 to Windows 7, and worse that those Windows 95 PC's will NEVER be able to run any Windows version more recent.

You know what that is? That's fragmentation! This is EXACTLY the same problem that plagued Windows Mobile (and to a lesser extent, Blackberry) and led to its decline before MS started to try to address the problem with WP7.

And these are only the 18 MOST POPULAR, top of the line releases, it doesn't even count all of the cheap also ran Android devices that have flooded the market in recent years.

Again, I think you can make a case that fragmentation isn't a crisis because most consumers don't really care about it, but you can't really deny that it exists at all.

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