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Android fragmentation shows many handsets abandoned

The latest operating system for the Android platform was recently announced, and while many Android users will be able to enjoy it there are some who still hasn’t got Gingerbread. Now a new report shows that Android fragmentation shows many handsets are abandoned.

A breakdown of the Android updates has found that many US devices get a lot less support than the iPhone. Electronista are reporting that handsets released in 2010 or earlier showed that they were quickly abandoned by the manufacturers. Out of a total of eighteen devices, fifteen didn’t run Android Gingerbread, twelve were only current for a few weeks, and seven ran out of date versions even when they were first launched.

Out if these handsets at least sixteen of them won’t be getting Android Ice Cream Sandwich. We reported to you yesterday that the Nexus One was considered too old to run the software. It was found the worst for this problem was Garmin, Motorola, and Samsung with most of their devices were at least one version of the software behind.

They also left two or more versions behind over the length of the customer’s contract. HTC were found to be the most reliable with updates, with more of its handsets kept up to date. It is thought it will also update the Droid Incredible and EVO 4G. Meanwhile the Motorola Droid that has always run the standard version of Android was found to have more recent features than handsets released a year later.

Compared to the iPhone users have always had the latest OS during the length of a contract or beyond. The original iPhone only stopped receiving updates in February 2010, two and a half years after it was first released. The 3GS is still up to date and mainly runs smoothly with the latest software.

Google has been working recently with some of the handset manufacturers to try and resolve the issue though, and going forward the problem should improve. Do you feel the fragmentation of Android lets the platform down?

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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