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So theoretically, its hardware limitation. But in reality, even some of the older hardware could run the latest and greatest android.
It's a hardware limitation along the lines of trying to run Crysis on a P4. It'll work, but not very well at all.
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See I didn't know phone hardware had come that far. Far enough that phones just a few years old would have trouble. Won't be long before they're running atoms I guess.
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Up until I read this, I was totally unaware that Android was fragmentable...
     
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See I didn't know phone hardware had come that far. Far enough that phones just a few years old would have trouble. Won't be long before they're running atoms I guess.
Yea I think phones are progressing much faster than computers. There is so much money to be made in phones. People are looking for looking into getting new phones every year to two years.

But this is all beyond the point of are fragmentation issue that we are discussing. With optimized software there could still be a great deal of value in older devices. Since the manufactures are not following through with a device for it's full possible life span we are forced to look into the developer community for solutions to keeping are devices uptodate. In order to make this all possible the developers need access to the source code. And this is why google keeping it away is such a big deal to some people within the community.
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People are looking for looking into getting new phones every year to two years.
Not me I upgrade when it breaks
    
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Not me I upgrade when it breaks
I upgrade when something better comes out. In that case, I upgrade way often.
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No, more like a developer might need to have two versions of apps (one for pre 2.1 / one for 2.1+) and even tweak the app for certain devices. From what i've read it can get quite hectic in comparison to the single version a developer would have to write to sell for ipods/iphones.

I'm not code-geek, but as a basic pc power user, doesn't it make the most sense to follow the PC's breakdown chart?

Google makes the OS
They determine what native features a given OS version supports, and codewise/driverswise how it is done.

Phone makers make the hardware
In this way, any phone they release at it's base level will work with the OS the phone is released on, they can "patch" the OS for any new OS changes, but they can't advertise it as "native" to that OS version.


That way, if phone makers want something "special" like say a third camera, then that's a "patched" feature.


I think the problems is that google hasn't dictated any sort of baseline for an android device. And hasn't forced the hand of the manufacturers to release drivers. Because of this, us consumers have too much reliance on our service providers and the manufacturers with no leverage over them.
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I upgrade when something better comes out. In that case, I upgrade way often.
I'm too stingy to do that. I still own a Nokia 3310 (although I use a slightly newer POS than that).
    
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Not me I upgrade when it breaks
Same here. Though they do finally break one day. I usually have to buy one or two new batteries for my phones cause they don't last as long as the phones do. But when I do finally upgrade, I want it to be an android phone.
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