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It was a big week for Google (GOOG), with the hands-on demonstration of the updated Android OS, Honeycomb 3.0, along with an updated Android Market for web use, in-app payment support for developers, and more. But with all these updates, particularly around the Android operating system, how can one even keep up?
James Kendrick at ZDNet wonders what the current version of Android even is, referring to a Twitter conversation about Android OS fragmentation. “It pointed out how big a problem Google has with Android OS fragmentation, as the more I thought about the ‘current version,’ the more I realized I have no idea what that is.”
Android OS distribution – which version do you have?
While these updates are promising for Android’s long-term adoption, there are potential issues at every turn. NakedSecurity uncovered one loophole in Google’s approach to fluid Market app installs, noting that signing-in to the web-based store with a user’s Google credentials can lead to a software install on their device. Should someone gain access to your Google login, they would be able to remotely install an app on your phone. If this app is a malicious one, then there could be some serious problems to deal with.