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Android's Success: What Schmidt Didn't Say
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User Rank: Apprentice
12/8/2011 | 10:03:27 PM
re: Android's Success: What Schmidt Didn't Say
I started reading this hoping for additional information.
Instead I found myself lagging through the same "fragmentation" stats.

If the writer feels that fragmentation is an issue, then explain the iOS fragmentation.
iOS3.x - 3% iOS4.x - 59% iOS5.x - 38% (as of mid november)

The difference to me is the user ability to update at will if their device supports it.
It is not carrier dependant. If you elect not to update, you still have the same issue.

Difference is Apple wants the devs to only develop for the current release. For earlier releases, basically, update or get left behind is the Apple message. Devs are dealing with 3 devices all from the same OEM (Apple).

From the Android side we are seeing "I hope I can get the update" or " I have to root to get the update".

For me, the biggest issue is how to take the carrier out of the update loop. There are numerous Android phones out there that have an OEM update but no indication from the Carrier that it will occur. For OEM's, there is no realistic way to get around the numerous OEM issue unless you do not allow changes by the OEM. Realistic? Not really.

What Eric didn't say: how or are you going to deal with the carriers modification?
User Rank: Apprentice
12/8/2011 | 9:42:02 PM
re: Android's Success: What Schmidt Didn't Say
Great article pointing out issues and providing critical arguments with what Google is saying.

It would almost seem that journalism is taking place here. Except that if this was an article about Apple saying equally disingenuous things, there would be point out of issues, and certainly no critical thought provided.

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