The Android UI Dilemma: Unify or Differentiate?

Ben Hookway on Android fragmentation:

The economic model of handset OEMs necessitates UI differentiation and Google is taking that away. For Google to expect Apple-like control on a fundamentally different business model is just unrealistic.

Here’s the fundamental question: Is Android a single platform, or is it a foundation upon which carriers and handset makers build their own varyingly compatible/consistent platforms?

Monday, 1 November 2010