Android: Barely Controlled Chaos and Kludgy Results

Perhaps the biggest point of friction for Android is the same thing that led to its success. Because Google makes its software available free to a range of phone manufacturers, there are dozens of different Android-compatible devices on the market, each with different screen sizes, memory capacities, processor speeds and graphics capabilities. An app that works beautifully on, say, a Motorola Droid might suffer from glitches on a phone made by HTC. IPhone developers, meanwhile, need to worry about only a few devices: iPhones, iPods and iPads.

Talking about Android momentum is very much in fashion at the moment, and it is a good thing to have some competition for Apple, but Jenna Wortham hits the Android nail on the head in today’s NYT Technology Section – this platform is barely controlled chaos and the kludgy results appeal to only the geekiest of users.

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