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Android is retaining the excitement around its platform with an array of new devices, emerging apps and hopeful outlooks. This week, however, brought some dismay amidst the Android raves. Despite the growth of Android, the mobile platform still has plenty of kinks to work out.
The new Dell Aero is a perfect example of Android's ongoing conflict, starting with its support for Android OS 1.5. This is far from the latest version of Android, rendering it nearly irrelevant before it's even taken out of the box. PCWorld outlines Aero's downfall, pointing to Android as a contributing culprit:
"The carriers and device makers are showing themselves to be real bozos by selling different devices with different Android versions and with manufacturer- and carrier-specific UIs. For example, Dell has said it has so highly customized the Android UI that it's unclear when, or if, it can let users update to the current Android 2.2 version. That's the kind of forking lunacy that so often undermines open source efforts."
Nevertheless, developers and manufacturers continue to build around Google's Android platform. Huawei Technologies, hailing from the opposite end of the globe, announced its plans to unveil a new Android in the coming week.
Priced lower than models found in the U.S. and U.K. (among other countries), China-based Huawei adds another competitive layer for Android to compete against the Apple iPhone. The Wall Street Journal notes, "the news from Huawei, which has a record of beating Western rivals' prices for communications equipment, raises the question of whether its Android handsets will compete on price in a largely high-end smartphone market."
While some aspects of the Android platform still lag in the rapidly updated world of smartphones, the most popular version of Android's OS is getting an update this week. Verizon Droid users will be receiving the FRG22D update, with hopes for the Droid Incredible shortly thereafter. The update includes Adobe's Flash Player 10.1 in the market, available for download.
For those debating on the development of an Android app, given the many aspects to consider, developer Joe Hewitt has shared a few words of wisdom. Famous for developing the Facebook app for iPhone, Hewitt understandably has a few choice words for the Android OS. Hewitt likens Android to Windows, saying it is sloppily designed. "... the absence of big brother telling me what to do gives it a slight edge," Hewitt goes on, determining that Android is still better than Apple's OS.