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Android Tablet faces fragmentation even before it takes off

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on January 4, 2011

One of the reasons why people admire and swear by Apple is the uniformity of experience across a range of devices.This gives Apple the leverage vis-a-vis the Android. Android leveraged the open source and an ad based revenue model to distribute its Android OS free to smartphone OEMs. However, the experience across the large Android range started faltering. In an effort to create differentiation, the Motos, HTCs and the Sony Ericssons of the world created layers atop the OS which impacted the device experience as a whole! It was to address these very issues that Google had the Nexus One and Nexus S pristine-Android phones.

The Honeycomb, Google’s Tablet OS was supposed to overcome the fragmentation conundrum for Google. Instead it has complicated the equation just a little more. Android 3.0 Honeycomb Honeycomb with require dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chips. All current Android Tablets including the Samsung Galaxy Tab wouldnot be able to offer an upgrade from the existing Android 2.2 versions. The dual-core ARM cortex A9s also mean a significant higher cost.

This leaves an opening for manufacturers to make low-end Android tablets running the older version of the software. The splitting of the Android should be a non issue in terms of functionality given that most of the tablets are used for email, checking the web and social networking. However from the Google perspective, the Android experience on tablets also fragments.

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