Thats right, that company who loves to go in press conferences bashing Google’s Android Operating System for causing fragmentation for its users is now doing it to its own. Wait, why isn’t there any major press about it from the likes of Engadget, TechCrunch or the sort? There was a total of 2 articles about this from BOTH. Not the 100’s they try and run with Android.
Case in point the company TeleNav who does navigation is now having to write two different codes for the same phone. Two different Applications for the same thing however you are unable to install the ATT one on the Verizon’s iPhone for reasons they are not letting anyone know. However it seems to come down to the fact that there is a difference between how they use the GSM version compared to the CDMA one.
Google DOESN’T have any issue with this as they release the very same application Google Maps in the market and both GSM(T-Mobile/ATT) users can download along side with CDMA(Verizon/Sprint) users with out having to tell one customer you can’t download this while other users can. It gets better… ATT users you get to pony up $9.99 a month or $69.99 a year up front. Now here is the fun part… Verizon users get to pay a blistering $2.99 a month or $21.99 upfront for the whole year. So not only are they now having to make application fragmentation but they are now doing it with price too. Android market charges one price no matter what device you are on.
However not only is there proof that there will be MAJOR Application fragmentation for the SAME application but also price. I agree there are issues with how manufacturers hold updates back to gain more sales on Android however I’ve never heard, seen, or smelled developers saying because you are on GSM I’ll charge you one price but those using CDMA another price.
Imagine if that was to happen how quick EVERY single news outlet would be up in arms about it, yet it gets ignored because its on the one company that has put money to help back all the blog sites to keep quiet about things like this. Great job Apple, not only did you cause fragmentation but you did it on a scale Android couldn’t have even done it on if they’ve tried. We have 1 market 1 standard.
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