Whether or not Google ever freely admits that Android fragmentation might actually be a problem with their mobile operating system, those developing for the platform aren’t shying away from the issue. According to a recent survey by Baird analyst William Powers, a whopping 86 percent of Android developers see the spread of Android OS versions on available devices as a hurdle to developing for the platform. In fact, 24 percent believe fragmentation is a “huge problem.”
Google may or may not have taken notice of the problem in deciding to limit access to the Android 3.0 Honeycomb to only a handful of manufacturing partners, but they walk a precarious line between open source and complete control of their finished product. The debate will surely rage on among users, developers, and the company heading up Android.