Eric Schmidt: Android isn’t fragmented, honest

Eric Schmidt: Android isn’t fragmented, honestWith recent figures showing that Gingerbread (Android 2.3) has only just reached 50% distribution as we enter the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) era, there’s no denying that Google's OS is well and truly fragmented. Or is there?

During CNET’s Next Big Thing SuperSession at CES, Schmidt tried to pull the wool over our eyes by claiming that Android is all about differentiation, not fragmentation.

"Differentiation is positive, fragmentation is negative," explains Schmidt. "Differentiation means that you have a choice and the people who are making the phones, they're going to compete on their view of innovation, and they're going to try and convince you that theirs is better than somebody else."

Fragmentation, according to Schmidt, occurs when there’s an app that runs on one phone but not another.

Er, we reckon a better example of Android fragmentation is a smartphone less than 12 months old being abandoned by its OS and told not to expect the latest version.

While Cupcake (Android 1.5) and Donut (Android 1.6) are now a distant memory (less than 2% at last count), almost 40% of users are still on Eclair (Android 2.1) or Froyo (Android 2.2).

And remember Honeycomb (Android 3.0)? What the heck was that all about?!

via: PCMag

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 12, 2012 at 14:10

Blah blah blah...

He's not stupid. He knows the studies that show the majority of phone owners do not know the exact model they own. But they sure as heck *think* when they buy *an* Android handset, they own *an* Android handset.
Until they realise their turkey can't fly as high as their mates' SGS2s or Sensations...

Or those Android tablets that cannot access the Android market? Bet he doesn't know about that little problem, either ;)

Sim  Jan. 12, 2012 at 16:14

I have 2 Android phones, one is a SE stuck on 2.1 and the other is a HTC stuck on 2.2. Both phones are < 18 months old but it doesn't look like there will be any more updates either of them.

There's a lot to be said for iOS, and the fact it is compatable with the iPhone 3GS which is older than both my phones. :(

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 12, 2012 at 16:30

Yep.
Heck, my antique Nokia E62 got an update last october. It can still run many of the latest apps.

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