By June 3, 2010

Google to slow down on the updates


One important problem with Android is its current fragmentation state. There are various Android handsets out there all running different Android versions. While everyone wants Android 2.2 Froyo, which was recently introduced at Google I/O, that might not happen soon as manufacturers and carriers are having a hard time offering all those updates.
Google is well aware of the problem and it looks like Andy Rubin is ready to commit to just one yearly Android update, not two as we currently have. Here’s what he said on the matter:

We’ve gone through a lot of product iterations because we had to bring the product up to market spec. Quite honestly, the product when we launched it, it didn’t really feel like a 1.0, it felt like kind of an 0.8, but it was a window of opportunity and the market needed an entrant at the holiday season. So we launched it, and from our internal 0.8, we got to 1.0 pretty quickly, and we went through this iteration cycle. You’ve noticed, probably, that that’s slowed down a little bit. Our product cycle is now, basically twice a year, and it will probably end up being once a year when things start settling down, because a platform that’s moving — it’s hard for developers to keep up. I want developers to basically leverage the innovation. I don’t want developers to have to predict the innovation.

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