The Secret Identities of Linux Distributions
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(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
"In the embedded space, there's been a lot of talk about whether
Android is fragmented, and if that fragmentation will ultimately
hurt Android, because developers won't know what version to code
for and users won't know which one to use.
"The former argument may be resolved soon, with Google detaching
a lot of the current core functions in future versions of Android
so that no matter which version a phone/device vendor picks,
consumers will be able to download up-to-date versions of those
once-core applications (like Gmail).
"The latter argument was never true in real-world application:
users don't give a plug nickel about what version of Android
they've got... they just know it's Android (and they may not even
know much more than that, depending on how technical a sales pitch
the phone store salesperson delivered)."