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Can Froyo 2.2 Save Linux-Based Android From Fragmentation?

May 17, 2010, 18:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"As Google prepares to kick off its annual Google I/O developer conference Wednesday, the wireless industry -- including many open source mobile app developers -- are anticipating the Android 2.2 release, dubbed Froyo, not only because of its faster processing features but also for its potential to mitigate the nascent OS's fragmentation issue.

"Handsets powered by Google's Android are becoming increasingly popular, but the open source smartphone platform is facing a threat that could cause it to self-destruct.

"The threat is fragmentation, because the Android operating system exists in so many different versions. Applications written for one version may not work on other versions and, to compound the problem, handsets supplied with one version may not be upgradable to other versions."

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