Android Overload: Nokia Says Android’s Fragmentation Will Help Them, Verizon Wireless Workers Striking Too and More


Another day, another story. These things can pile up on you but that’s why we, at Phandroid, created the Android Overload. This is the place where you can continue to get your Android fix on all the stories that didn’t quite make it onto our homepage. While I can’t guarantee you’ll want to read up on every story, I can guarantee there should be a little something for everyone. So relax and take a look around.

  • Some hackers at Defcon 19 supposedly hacked into Android devices using CDMA and 4G WiMax. [Gizmodo]
  • Verizon Wireless workers are striking too! A very small amount of them. [WSJ]
  • Nokia says Android’s fragmentation will push consumers to Windows Phone 7. [GigaOM]
  • Verizon opens Application Innovation Center in San Francisco. [Engadget]
  • ESPN Goals app shows off video of the best EPL goals and more. [Androinica]
  • Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab 750 (Tab 10.1) and Galaxy Tab 730 (Tab 8.9) for a September release in India. [Samsung Hub 1, 2]
  • The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Xperia Play have received a minor update bringing landscape homescreen support among other tweaks. [Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog]
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  1. “Nokia says Android’s fragmentation will push consumers to Windows Phone 7.”

    I’m still waiting for a reason to buy a WP7 phone. They don’t even support keyboard shortcuts, despite one of the launch phones had a keyboard. o_O

  2. One person’s fragmentation is another person’s freedom of choice from a wide suite of solutions. As for me, I prefer choice. Not to mention that I’ve been burned so bad so many times by MicroSoft over the years that almost any alternative to one of their products is welcomed with open arms.

    1. The same kind of fragmentation exists in the PC market, yet Windows-based computers still have the biggest market share. I don’t see anyone telling MS that they need to do something about it and tell PC manufacturers to stop selling all kind of different PCs.

      1. Um Hello? It isn’t even in the same ballpark.

        If my desktop can’t handle software, I can buy parts and upgarde it. I don’t have to replace the entire damn thing.

        If I install the next version of Windows on my computer, I can count on getting support for my drivers so everything continues to work.


        1. CAPS FUCK YEA

        2. LOL! Are you for real? Go buy a cheap laptop and let me know how much upgradability you’re gonna get out of it. As a developer I don’t see that much difference between Android and the situation on PC. Apps will be made to work on devices with certain minimum specs and some tuning has to be expected as not everyone has the exact same device. Maybe the OS isn’t upgraded as easily as it’s closely tied to the device, but you’re being very naive if you think you can upgrade any PC with the latest version of Windows and expect everything to work. Drivers are updated up to a certain point and I’ve had to buy new hardware (or laptop) in the past to be able to install a new version of Windows and expect my devices to still work.

        3. Your driver comment is so, so wrong it’s not even funny.. even to this day.. even with the latest and not so bad Windows 7.. Microsoft still doesn’t have their act together on drivers.. go buy 10 random desk/lap tops with no driver disk from the manufacturer and try install XP, Vista, and Win 7 on them.. how many out of the 10 are going to have a working ethernet card ? or working wireless card ? .. and of the hardware that would be really useful to have working these should be a priority.. “IF” you had a working ethernet or WAN card. you could connect to the net and get drivers.. No worky ? .. gotta ask a buddy to try and burn one for you, or pay the Geek Squad or something… As a side note, if your smart, you could have a copy of a Linux disk hanging around and actually connect to the net, booting it from the CD.. Yes the “free” OS Linux will work 9.5 out of those 10 times, where the “paid” Microsoft OS may be able to connect 1 or 2 of those 10.. if that.

          1. The point is, the drivers are available. Whether you get them from Microsoft, you load them from the CD the hardware came with, or you download them from the manufacturer’s website, it is available.

          2. I’ve found that rarely the case with laptops. HP/Dell/whatever provide drivers for the version of the OS that the laptop is released with and that’s where it ends. If the component that you need drivers for is rare or proprietary, it’s very difficult to upgrade the OS on that laptop and have a fully functioning PC. If you’re really resourceful and have a bit of experience, you may be able to hack together a solution. But it’s probably going to be much harder than installing CyanogenMod on a phone.

        4. Your also not going to get an upgrade of OS for free from the manufacturer of your PC (and definitely not MS).. That doesn’t mean that fragmentation doesn’t exist in the Windows world. As time goes by, to keep up you will have spent the money you would have spent on a complete replacement, and eventually so little of the original will exist.

          1. Froyo to Gingerbread isn’t a major revision and should be like a normal Windows update.

            Gingerbread to ICS is a major new OS upgrade.

            What would be ideal would be allowing anyone with an Android device to download updates to their phones OS for two years from release. Google would control the updates and you could download the drivers as well to make sure everything works.

  3. Nokia, wouldn’t it already have helped you? WP7 will continue at exactly the same pace. I would buy an iPhone before WP7.

  4. Yes Nokia,

    Android fragmentation will show you how to fragment WP7 with your own custom UI.

    “The company will introduce a portfolio of products and form factors in different price ranges, Weber said, arguing that it was how the company was going to win over customers.”

    Ut oh

    “Weber argued that the Windows Phone 7-based devices will have seamless context without needing apps and it would use voice-based inputs/outputs in a clever sort of way – and that’s what makes it different from Android and Apple.”


  5. “Nokia says Android’s fragmentation will push consumers to Windows Phone 7.”

    Hmmm….it hasent happened yet…I guess Mango and Nokia must be THAT amazing huh…

    I will admit WP7’s UI is amazingly smooth….smoother than iOS. But….whose buying WP7? Guess ppl are not pulled in by the buttery smooth UI all that much.

    1. If Android wasn’t around I might have been tempted to go for WP7, coming from WM6. However I prefer the more open platform that Android brings to the table.

  6. I just paid $22.85 for an iPad 264GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $674 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

  7. I would buy an iPhone before I would buy any Win Phone and I hate Apple.

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