Let’s start with a basic contradiction. Even though it’s open source and free to modify, Google keeps Android’s development tightly under wraps until the company is ready to show it to the world.
Well, OK, not “open,” open. More like “fopen,” which would be faux open. Or “mopen,” which would be “maybe open.” Or “oopen” which is “occasionally open.”
In the case of Honeycomb, Google even held on to the source code powering devices already in the market.
Well, look, you can’t make an open omelette without breaking a few open eggs.
No, the Macalope’s not sure what that’s supposed to mean.
Anyway, at least Google’s got that fragmentation problem licked, right?
Right at this moment, we have brand-new, state-of-the-art, highly evolved mobile and portable devices in a range of form factors that are based on at least three different major releases of Android. Support for updating existing devices to the newest version of Android is all over the map, even for devices made by the same manufacturer, like Samsung’s Galaxy series of smartphones and tablets.
Wait, does that include…
Tablets with fully skinned, proprietary operating systems like Amazon’s Kindle Fire or Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color/Nook Tablet only amplify the diversity that was already present in the smartphone market.
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