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May 17, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(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)."

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