… well, Android does not talk about it, really. The problem is that we have to do it, and the problem is that Google and Android have a problem, one uppercase that Apple has once again highlighted with the, and so busy that surely you will all know them.
We are obviously talking about the fragmentation , that monster that Google’s mobile operating system has suffered from almost always, and that has only grown in a way directly proportional to the arrival of new versions of Android, leaving more and more obsolete terminals around the world and without official updates.
It is not a simple problem to tackle, there are many actors that intervene and many, and although Google has tried it for active and passive , now with, the truth is the fragmentation is still there and it continues to be the shame of the platform.
In fact, surely it is difficult to put a Solomonic solution without forbidding the manufacturers to personalize the system, but even more difficult is to explain to the users that Android 5 Lollipop and Android 6 Marshmallow , versions of three and four years ago, maintain almost 50 percent distribution share between all Android devices activated globally.
Android P will only deepen the wound despite its arrival linked to the, and to show a button: The list of compatible devices with the Android P Beta, all of new invoice and among them aby Andy Rubin to his fate.
It’s the big Android mole and surely Where else should Google work? for the future, but not only Google, then the rest of manufacturers have enough to do in the terrible conditions of post-sales support of many devices.
And this timefrom within, but that criticism comes from where it hurts the most. The stick to Android has been given by Apple , that in the presentation ofhas taken a slice of the data of distribution of iOS 11, 81 percent no less among all the iPhones operating in the world.
It’s devastating that Android 8.0 Oreo reaches barely 6 percent of the devices activated under the Google platform, and the comparison in this case we fear that it is totally objective.
It is true that Apple plays an advantage when controlling hardware and software directly on iOS, and it is true that Google gives the same support to their Pixel smartphones and the entire Android One program. It is also true that Android has a huge plant of very cheap terminals , the most abandoned always by the manufacturers. But this is not a matter of excuses …
The very same Samsung took several months to update their highest-end smartphones, sold around 1,000 euros, and this is just one example that is repeated ad nauseam on Android , where also most phones are without support at two years.
Apple has just announced support for iOS 12 for all terminals that were already compatible with iOS 11, which means giving continuity to iPhones, iPads or iPods sold in 2013 , five years ago … This places iOS light years ahead of Android in terms of after sales support:
Obviously we enter into the usual debate around the Apple devices that almost become unusable after an update , and it is true that many of the older iPhone’s become too lazy with iOS 10 or iOS 11.
Nevertheless, we applaud that Apple gives the opportunity to decide its users if they want to update themselves taking into account that the performance could be damaged, and surely this policy is the most appropriate as long as users have all the information to make the decision.
The truth is that Android will surely a modern version of the system would endure without problems in terms of power and performance , Ywith the most basic terminals it shows, always counting on that the users already know that it is a version ‘Lite’ of the system.
However, there are other reasons why it would practically be impossible to support five years for an Android smartphone, and that is component manufacturers do not maintain driver development so long to make the hardware work correctly in more modern versions of Android.
It is likely that never see an Android terminal with five years’ support As Apple has done, it is also likely that no one smartphone will last for five years, and it is more than likely that as much as we updated the device would be almost unmanageable because of its slowness.
And even with all that, yes we would like that the gap in the distribution of new versions is closing a bit at least, and that we choose the smartphone that we choose from the manufacturer, we can rely on a decent support. One that does not involve waiting for several months to receive new versions of Android, nor premature abandonments …
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