Android: On Fragmentation and obsolescence

May 24, 2010: 5:39 PM ET

The rate of innovation on Android devices is so great that many buyers may feel alienated.

Google's Android platform is morphing at an amazing rate.  So fast, in fact, that consumers may be hesitant to jump on board for fear that a new, better device may be right around the corner.

Another concern: Will the device you bought be able to handle the firmware updates that come out toward the end of your contract?  Google has (GOOG) just released another iteration of their OS called Froyo and it has already been made clear that some early Android devices won't be able to make the leap and enjoy the features of this new OS.


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