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Android 3.0: Hell Yes It's a Fork. But Who Cares?

Jan 31, 2011, 14:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

[ Thanks to Jason Perlow for this link. ]

"Here is the real problem. It ain't the fork, folks.

"If Google only had just vanilla versions of Gingerbread and Honeycomb as the two distinct development targets, and everyone ran just the vanilla versions of these platforms on their phones, the situation would be manageable. What makes things untenable is that the Android OEMs/ODMs/Carriers and their "Value Add" that they keep putting into the the phones and tablet ROMs.

"Right now, each OEM has their own special UI layer and apps that they like to throw on top of the existing OS that Google releases. HTC has "Sense", Motorola has "Blur" and so-on, all with their own various API additions and specialized apps that in many cases replace basic vanilla Android functions. This is what is creating problems for developers, not the actual versions of Android."

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