Steve Jobs called it "fragmentation." Google
Schmidt clarifies the distinction: "Differentiation is positive, fragmentation is negative." Regardless of what you call it, it's the culprit behind why Android upgrades sometimes take so long for users eagerly awaiting the latest and greatest version of the mobile OS.
She added: "Hardware is by far the long pole in the tent, with multiple chipsets and multiple radio bands for multiple countries. It's a big machine to churn." There are so many hardware configurations floating around out there that have different processors and other varying hardware specs that it's not realistic to implement a coordinated global rollout simultaneously.
Even beyond the hardware lies the fact that OEMs and wireless carriers have a bad habit of throwing their own layers of customized software on top in the name of "differentiation," further bogging down the upgrade process.
In contrast, Microsoft
Wyatt unsurprisingly said Motorola has no intentions of hopping onboard the WP train, as her company is all Android, all the time. That's something that won't be changing, especially if this deal ever goes through.
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