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Replying to:  What do you think will happen by Android Ace   Jun 25, 2011, 5:43 PM

This already happens

by IrishCarBomb    Jun 26, 2011, 11:05 AM

all the time. Look at T-Mobile, they have their WiFi calling app which only works on their devices and with their service. They have several other apps as well, that have similar restrictions.

This holds true for every carrier, they all have some apps that only work if you have that phone with their service.

And it even goes one step further with some, AT&T locked side loading of apps (only market apps allowed) on all their Android devices until recently.

I don't think it is a big deal, at all. Carriers will always want something special to give them an edge or better serve their customer base. So long as these apps never become more broad, like a game that can only be played with a T-Mobile phone sort of thing, there is no reason to be upset or worried.

As for fragmentation, I find this to be a moot point, and simply something for iPhone fanbois to complain about. Would it be nice for everyone to have 2.3 on their devices already? Probably. But at the same time, we don't all get bent out of shape when Microsoft releases a new version of Windows and our year old computer doesn't get updated to it (slightly bad comparison, though, since computers have their driver systems much more independent from the OS than in a smartphone).

Really, though, a customer with 2.1 has nearly the same experience as 2.2 or 2.3, with only one major app missing that I can think of, flash. But odds are, if you have a phone on 2.1 it is mid to low end, and doesn't have the needed computing power to handle flash anyways.

Beyond that 2.2 is the exact same as 2.3, with the exception of support for new hardware your phone doesn't have, and a new theme to the core OS... there are some other tid-bits, but nothing earth shattering to get ones panties in a bunch over. Heck, my Nexus One benchmarked faster with 2.2 than it does with 2.3, and to be honest, every day use feels faster on 2.2 than 2.3

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