Can Google Solve Android’s Fragmentation Issue? Microsoft Failed to do This for Windows Mobile

Google has lost control of Android versions. How else can you explain that phones considered current releases can be found running Android 1.5, 1.6, 2, and 2.1? By the way, what ever happened to that Android OS 2.1 update for the Droid that was supposed to happen last month?

Engadget provides unsubstantiated but reaaonable speculation about a Google plan to move apps and parts of Android’s core system out of the main platform to allow for more timely updates (think Google Maps for mobile).

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Can this work? I seem to recall that Microsoft tried something with Windows Mobile several years ago. If you look at Windows Mobile 6 (and maybe even 5) Settings, you’ll see something named “Windows Update”. This, however, has never been used on any of the 8 to 10 Windows Mobile devices I’ve collected over recent years.

In the meantime, hey, Google, Motorala, and Verizon: When is the Android OS 2.1 update going to be available for the Droid?