Android Orphans: Visualizing Android Fragmentation [Infographic]

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on October 27th, 2011

Android handsets have a spotty history of getting legitimate and timely updates. This chart lays out the update timelines of popular Android handsets. In the process it presents a fascinating look at how Android phones become orphans.

Micheal DeGusta has done some in-depth research into the history of Android releases in relation to supported handsets. What he uncovered is that Android users often get the short end of the update stick. The manufacturers of various Android phones often stop releasing updates for the phone within the same year it is released. That was certainly the case with my old HTC Hero; Sprint quickly gave up on keeping the handset up to date.

Check out the chart above and make sure to hit up the link below for a detailed analysis of the chart on Micheal’s blog.

Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support [via Tech Crunch]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/27/11
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