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Android fragmentation ‘overblown’ says OS creator

Android fragmentation ‘overblown’ says OS creator

The co–creator of Google’s Android operating system has dismissed concerns over the fragmentation of the platform, calling analysis of the situation ‘overblown’.

Speaking at a forum hosted by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, Rich Miner said: “I think this is a bit of an overblown issue, frankly.”

In further comments, Miner added: “Us techies read the blogs and know what features we may be missing.

“I think if you asked a consumer, ‘Do you feel like your phone OS needs to be updated today?’ they’re pretty happy with the results and the performance they’re seeing. So I’m not sure it’s a major issue.”

Miner said fragmentation was unavoidable with 1.5 million new Android devices being activated daily.

The issue has reared its head again in recent weeks after HTC confirmed it would not be updating its HTC One S handset to the latest version of Android, despite only being one year old.

Google has previously attempted to grasp hold of the problem, touting plans to ensure all devices less than 18 months old received the newest software.

But with Google’s policy of allowing manufacturers to use Android largely as they please, that move has been largely ineffectual.



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