Google Unsatisfied with Android Fragmentation Confusion Creating Separate 2.x (phone) & 3.x (tablet) Versions

As an Android user, I have a big problem with the fragmentation issues I see in that platform. Here’s a few blog entries I wrote last year on this topic.

Jan. 22, 2010
June 2, 2010
June 15, 2010
July 1, 2010
Sept., 20, 2010
Nov., 9, 2010
Dec. 3, 2010

So, what’s next? Google released Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) for phones late last year. Nothing except Google’s reference phone, the Nexus S, ships with 2.3 yet. Android OS 3.0 is specifically for tablet devices. It has not shipped yet but is expected sometime before summer 2011. And, then, there’s Android 2.4 (Ice Cream) expected in the June or July 2011 timeframe?

Google Ice Cream landing in time for the summer (Pocket-lint)

Hey, wait a minute? Isn’t that when OS 3.0 for tablets is expected too? Yes, it looks like Google is not content with the fragmentation already evident for Android. They want to make it worse by completing “forking” the phone and tablet platforms. So, what happens after the phone version of Android OS hits 2.9?