From The Head Androids: Yearly Updates and “What? Me, Fragmented?”

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Andy Rubin — Google's VP and the man in charge of the Android platform — recently sat down with Mercury News to discuss how far Android has come, and where it's headed.  He addressing the rapid growth of the OS since its Fall 2008 launch — four major updates, which also means a large number of phones running out-of-date versions of the OS — Rubin explained "Our product cycle is now, basically twice a year, and it will probably end up being once a year when things start settling down, because a platform that's moving – it's hard for developers to keep up. I want developers to basically leverage the innovation. I don't want developers to have to predict the innovation."  He also indicated PC's, televisions, and even automobiles would be future targets for Android.
Meanwhile, on the Android Developer's Blog, Dan  Morrill (the open source and compatibility program manager in the Android team) lambasted the concept that Android is becoming "fragmented" thanks to the aforementioned multiple, frequent updates: "Because it means everything, it actually means nothing, so the term is useless. Stories on 'fragmentation' are dramatic and they drive traffic to pundits' blogs, but they have little to do with reality. 'Fragmentation' is a bogeyman, a red herring, a story you tell to frighten junior developers. Yawn."

[Via TechCrunch]