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Google's new Nexus strategy could help kill the calls of "fragmentation"

0. phoneArena posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:13

The "f-word" is something that we don't like around here. We've tried our best to banish the word "fragmentation" from our lexicon, for various reasons, and it looks to us like Google's new strategy with Nexus devices may be a great way to finally relegate the word to use only by Android haters...

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posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:20 8

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Cure for not getting updates? Root.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:27 13

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

The point is that not everyone wants to go that route. Not everyone is comfortable with that option and what can happen if you mess something up. Better to have an official option in the Nexus program.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:32

8. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Very true. However even the Gnex hit a few delays getting 4.1. There is no guarantee. I was mainly responding in advance to those who complain about not having the latest android version. They can root and get the latest version, or come to terms and stop complaining.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 19:42 2

51. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

We aren't talking about iPhones, it's easy peasy rooting an android and managing roms. Also, it is very hard to "brick" an android unless you are flashing new basebands. I don't buy into the climate of fear, FREE YOUR PHONE. If you don't make a backup, then you are bad and probably shouldn't of rooted it to begin with.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 18:01

26. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

That's not always a cure either. Look at the Thunderbolt, Bionic, etc. Heck, JB has been out 3 months now and my Rezound isn't even starting to really get development for it. The point is that the OEM's need to recognize that users want freedom. And it looks like only Google will give it to us. Even though Sammy drags their feet giving updates, they do release source and make it easy to develop for their hardware.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 18:52 1

37. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

The cop out suggestion of them all. If your phone isn't getting an update root it and void your warranty.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 19:12

42. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

i personally don't bother about voiding warranty. it'rooted and clocked at 1.8ghz. And it's faster know.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 19:19 1

45. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

That doesn't have anything to do with what I said.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 19:42 2

52. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

....that's the point. You USED to have to root. But the article is about android moving forward. NOW less people will have to face this problem.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:24 12

3. Aeires (unregistered)

Fragmentation, DOA, lag, etc... are all terms used by the hater crowd. For those who know anything about true fragmentation, they know it exists in every OS made to some degree. Google has come a long way in cleaning it up. It's not perfect, but it's not the dark ages like some would make out.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:29 2

7. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


posted on 08 Oct 2012, 18:53 1

38. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Isn't it denial to put off the obvious though?

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 20:51

86. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


iOS, WP can now be lumped in with Android and the fragmentation talks. Like you said....they all are fragmented to some degree. What do iOS, iPhone fans think when features from iOS are stripped out for older phones? Same for WP fans.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:28 7

6. eDiesel (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

Phonearena I understand that you make your money of ads. All I ask is that you make pop up ads more mobile friendly. At times the close button is not visible and it gets real annoying. Its equivalent to running into a spider web not knowing if there was a spider in it. Thanks

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:33 1

10. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Or better yet, make a mobile site or app.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:36 5

13. Aeires (unregistered)


posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:56 1

21. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


posted on 08 Oct 2012, 18:00 1

24. eDiesel (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

I just found that out too. I thought he was just kidding lol

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 18:01

25. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I'm a much happier man than I was 10 minutes ago. I gotta have my phonearena on the go but those adds are killer.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 18:05

27. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

I have known about it for a while. But phonearena works pretty well on my phone so I don't bother. Ads are the only annoying part. I like the fact it doesn't automatically redirect but it also leads to less people knowing about it.

Btw great article michael.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 18:06

28. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)

I'm just as shocked as you. lol

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:32 2

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

these new nexuses will eliminate alot of doubt that iphone users have towards andorid.....these phones will be the "iphone" of android......its good for all......yes ALL

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:35 1

12. Aeires (unregistered)

The only thing the Nexus line is going to need is TV advertisements. Judging by how much Google has been showing the Nexus 7, lets hope them and the individual OEM's cover those bases adequately. If so, Android sales are going to remain strong.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:40 1

17. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

naa actually they dont need too much hype they just need to present it as is! and let the device speak for it self.....too much hype can cause trouble and let downs.....

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:37 1

14. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

one of the best written articles ever, on PA. Thanks a lot, Michael for the deep analysis and neutral demanour. Very informative stuff. Hats off to you!

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:39

16. cGmC11 (Posts: 152; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

I Fall in love with the build quality, design & soft-touch policarbonate that HTC use in the latest phone lineup, specially the colors-rich look of Window Phone 8X... I imagine the next HTC Nexus in that variety of colors. Of course with this 1080p 440p 5" display.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:53 1

19. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

So then if each company created their own nexus device, why would you want to buy their other products?

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:55 5

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Because some people actually like manufacturer skins.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 17:58 2

23. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

good answer berzerk bro....

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 18:28

31. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Because a lot of people like me hate OEM customizations and hate seeing them ruin perfectly good hardware.

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