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Fragmentation in Android: Boon or Bane

December 13, 2010 3 comments

Android is fast becoming the smartphone OS of choice for many handset manufacturers today. Handset manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, etc have chosen Android to be their smartphone OS of choice. Each of the devices install a specific version of the Android OS. Android OS versions released by Google are internally codenamed as pastry names. The versions of Android released are Cupcake for version 1.5, Donut for version 1.6, Éclair which was initially released as version 2.0 followed by an update to version 2.1, Froyo for version 2.2. The latest version of Android codenamed Gingerbread is anticipated to be released any time now. These frequent software releases from Google makes the handset manufacturers in a constant catch-up to provide updates to their consumers. Handset manufacturers are in a constant act of balancing their software R&D costs between releasing new devices into the market vs. providing software updates for their already shipping devices. This cycle has lead to the fragmentation of Android. Read more…

Categories: Android
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