Google hates the word fragmentation when it’s used to refer to the Android ecosystem. They call it the “F-word”. I’ve seen it used many ways, but generally when developers talk about Android being fragmented they are referring to the hundreds of devices that they have to support.
Some people would point to the fact that ... Read More »
What is Sprint ID? It is Sprint’s custom version of Android that is coming to “most all of” their products next year, but I’m still having a hard time figuring out exactly what Sprint is doing with it long-term.
Sprint explains the ID platform to their customers as follows: “Make your phone a reflection of ... Read More »
The latest platform distribution numbers from Google show that legacy versions of Android are beginning to diminish, but they still make up a significant part of active devices (40%). Most of the recent phones to launch are now shipping with Android 2.1, but there are several older handsets that have yet to be upgraded to ... Read More »
In a recent interview with Mercury News, Google’s VP of Engineering for Android, Andy Rubin, acknowledged that the current pace of Android OS development is not sustainable long term and that they will scale back to a yearly update when “things start settling down.”
Rubin explains in the interview that the speed of updates to ... Read More »
Hero owners I know you have waited long enough so you can feel free to skip down to the full upgrade instructions from Sprint at the bottom of the post. For the rest of us lets take a moment to celebrate the end of OS fragmentation for this CDMA segment of the Android world.
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Percentage of devices with Android 1.6 drops since last month.
Android fragmentation is real and it is not going away. Ask any developer and they will tell you about the difficulties of supporting multiple versions of Android and their different screen sizes. So what exactly does Android fragmentation look like?