No Android fragmentation says Schmidt, agree?

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As owners of many Android handsets wait to hear if they will receive the latest version of the platforms operating system, a lot of devices are still using much older versions. Now Google’s Eric Schmidt claims that there is no Android fragmentation, so do you agree?

We have heard a lot of reports in recent months regarding the Android fragmentation issues, but Google’s Schmidt is claiming that instead the platform shows customer friendly “differentiation” according to SlashGear. He was speaker earlier this week at the CES show, where a number of companies have revealed that some of their handsets will be getting Android ICS later this year.

Schmidt feels that “differentiation is positive, fragmentation is negative”, and pointed out that applications run on devices that use the different versions of the operating system. He added that differentiation means that consumers have a choice, with the various companies looking to convince people to choose their handsets.

Google is not bothered about the likes of HTC who make changes to the Android software either as long as they don’t alter it too much or stop apps from working. This comes after the recent announcement that all Android 4.0 and later handsets must have Holo support, and means that Holo must be available for any apps that need it.

There will be many users of Android though who won’t agree with Schmidt, especially those who own the Samsung Galaxy S that recently found out their handset was staying on the Gingerbread version of Android.

Do you think the Android platform is fragmented?

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