As Google is (presumably) getting ready to finally release Android 2.3 Gingerbread into the wild, news comes about Motorola’s plans for the Motorola Defy. This interesting, rugged smartphone has been running Android 2.1 ever since its launch, and the good news is that it will eventually get updated to Android 2.2 Froyo.
The (very) bad news though is when that will happen: in the second quarter of 2011. Yes, that means that in the worst case scenario you’ll have your Defy on 2.2 in June 2011. By that time, even Gingerbread may be old and not the latest version of the OS anymore.
So, Motorola Defy owners, get used to Android 2.1, since apparently you’ll still be seeing a lot of it. At least the Defy will get an update. The Motorola Milestone XT720 won’t. Ever. Get past Android 2.1. Anyone (still) want to say that fragmentation isn’t really an issue in Android world?
Anyway, the problem here is that artificial fragmentation (i.e. purposefully not making any effort to update the software on one device past a certain point) is actually positive for the manufacturers’ sales numbers. Sure, their reputation(s) may suffer, but if they’re all playing the same game, what are you going to do? You have to get your smartphone fix from somewhere.
Since Google probably won’t do anything about this (such as forcing manufacturers to update), Android fragmentation is here to stay.
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