Fragmentation is slowly evaporating for Android

Fragmentation is slowly evaporating for Android
One of the biggest factors that comes into play when it comes to the purchase of an Android handset is which one is running the latest version of the platform. Some are torn by the fact that there are a limited few that run the latest version while other handsets entice people with their customized experience that may play to needs of potential buyers. Now that the Motorola DROID has finally received the Android 2.1 update, the fragmentation that seemingly continued to plague Android is slowly diminishing. Recently the device dashboard over at the official Android Developers site got updated with now 3 major builds in play – Android 1.5, 1.6, and 2.1. Offering some kind of solace now, we were recently treated to news about Motorola's intentions to get all of their existing line of Android handsets up to par with Android 2.1 before the end of the year – which will alleviate the worry of buyers who are interested in MOTOBLUR but want to be graced with Android 2.1. In addition, Sprint is also ramping up in getting both the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment into the mix of things by Q3 – overall, things are looking a bit more prosperous for Android.

source: Android Developers via Android Guys



1. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

That was one of the many reasons that I did not adopt to Android and have lost interest, it was because newer devices was sporting outdated software. It makes no sense that the hardware can handle the latest Android version, but ships with an outdated version. I never understood this.

3. sleepyjohnny

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 16, 2009

even if it SHIPS with an outdated version, there're reasons. like the reason why sense uses 1.5 or 1.6 is because its almost another OS on its own. When the droid came out, 2.1 wasn't released yet. And most of them let you manually put the latest software on it if the hardware can handle it.

2. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

Once word of the supersonic dropped I knew that the hero wouldn't be seeing 2.1 until Sprint officially launched the evo... simply to drive up demand for the new device... now seeing that small mention of q3 for hero kinda cemented my point of view. But Damn I hope I'm wrong... and we get it early.

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