Android Becoming More Fragmented

Gigaom reports that Google’s Android is gaining a commercial version of the mobile platform through the efforts of Wind River. Unlike the iPhone that is working to provide a singular product to meet the needs of everyone, Google’s open source approach to the mobile world appears to be fragmenting Android between different user markets.

What does this mean to you?

I have mixed feelings about more than one version of Android. On the one side, I am always happy to see a business being able to build up something strong around open source technology. Yet at the same time, we need to be concerned that Android is already second fiddle to Apple’s iPhone. So further splitting things off hardly seems like a way to attract developers and thus, more applications to enjoy.

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