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Motorola argues that Android fragmentation is a good thing

0. phoneArena posted on 09 Mar 2011, 00:11

Critics and competitors have claimed that Android's fragmented device market makes for a weaker operating system overall, but Motorola's Christy Wyatt argues that variety is one of Android's greatest strengths...

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posted on 10 Mar 2011, 20:38

31. RajHarras (unregistered)

ok, so I am not alone. It appears the all or most of the companies are taking the easy way out and using android instead of creating or designing their own software, specific to their phone. Its like main stream (or) called the in thing now! Companies tend to run with what everyone else is doing, Look what the iphone did and now the ipad, Need I say more? Half of the system are posing security risk, as far as information is concerned. Employees are retrieving emails on their phones and sensitive data gets meshed in. Of course they are going to argue the issue, fragmentation is a good, thing, yea, right! I read some interesting comments, herehttp://www.motorolaatrixforum.com/motorola-atrix-4g-general-discussion-f12/would-you-give-up-your-ne xus-s-for-a-motorla-atrix-t70.html on this forum. It seems people are getting the point but are at a technological disadvantage.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 20:45

32. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

What motorola seems to miss as far as the point is that HARDWARE fragmentation is good, it gives the buyer a variety of handsets to choose from with different form factors, sizes, and prices, and encourages a competitive marketplace for handset manufacturers to make ALL their models, not just their high end models, the best they can be for their target price point, hence why for every Evo or Droid we get, we also get good low cost handsets like the Optimus.

SOFTWARE fragmentation is TERRIBLE. That's why many android handsets wait months before OS upgrades, if they ever get them, many Android apps are optimized for only a few devices, normally top selling devices, and some android devices that may be theoretically more powerful than others run those apps worse because the apps aren't tailored to those phones, some apps may not run on some phones even if it meets the requirements due to hardware incompatibilities to what the app is programmed for, etc.

Couple that with Google's change to their market (which only allows a 15 minute refund window, not even enough time to download and install some apps, much less try them out), rampant piracy, a huge influx of low quality apps, and its not hard to see why Fragmentation on the software end is terrible.

Microsoft targetted it correctly. They give the hardware manufacturers their freedom to do what they want with the hardware, but the software is largely the same on all WP7 handsets. Its possible you may run across problems you might not going with an iOS device, but you at least get a choice as far as if you want a qwerty keyboard or not, larger or smaller screen, "weird" features like the Surround's slide out Speaker, etc. Microsoft may have been too controlling with the specs initially, but we will see WP7 devices released in the sub 99$ or even free price segments by the end of this year probably, as they will be able to do single core 1ghz phones and be able to subsidize them for free by then, so this wont hurt them much.

Google is giving hardware manufacturers too much control on the software and hardware portions, thus why Android fragmentation is terrible. Its even worse than with PCs, because even though you have a huge variety of parts you can use for a home PC, you can pretty much count on the operating system being the same at least (assuming you're using Windows, Linux runs into many of the same problems as Android, which is Linux based).

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