Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Google Android: It's time to end the fragmentation | The Toybox | ZDNet.com

Google Android: It's time to end the fragmentation | The Toybox | ZDNet.com
Android is beginning its spiral into the world of crapware, software which serves no real purpose other than to give marketing people a “differentiator” which doesn’t really meet a customer need. And just as it has on the PC, the situation will get worse before it gets better – with the unfortunate issue that crapware is even harder to get rid of on a phone than it is on a computer.
I think that is a bit dramatic, but the article is a good, comprehensive look at the growing problem of Android fragmentation and non-updates. I am moderately frustrated to still be sitting at 1.6 on my T-Mobile myTouch 3G. Updates need to come more reliably.

I personally would stay the heck away from any custom software on top of Android, such as Motoblur or Sense. I can see how that complicates updating Android versions. Cold-comfort for people who bought those phones. But I am much more frustrated about non-updates for vanilla Android on recent Google Experience phones, such as the MT3G.

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