The rapid update cadence for the Android platform means a short support lifecycle, too.
It appears that Google is attempting to tighten things up even further, according to reports that the company is moving to pressure OEMs to ship devices running the latest version of its mobile operating system.
ViewSonic has launched a thin client based on the Android operating system, reports The Inquirer. The ViewSonic SD-A245 smart display is a 24-inch "dual point" touch display with a resolution of 1920x1080.
BlackBerry issued the beta release of its BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and Plug-in for Android Development Tools for BlackBerry 10.2, introducing support for applications running Google's Android 4.2.2, a.k.a. Jelly Bean.
Apple's Tim Cook used the company's developer conference today to spotlight the fragmentation that he said plagues Google's Android ecosystem. Cook said that 90 percent of all iOS users are on the latest version of Apple's operating system, iOS 6, whereas the Gingerbread version of Google's Android, released in 2010, remains the most widely used version of Android.
Verizon Wireless is upgrading Motorola Mobility's Droid Bionic to Google's Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. The operator will push out the over-the-air software update in phases, beginning today.
AT&T Mobility is rolling out Google's Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system update to Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S II Skyrocket smartphone. Subscribers can upgrade their device by accessing the Samsung Kies software app from their PC.
AT&T Mobility is rolling out Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system update to the LG Optimus G smartphone. Subscribers may upgrade the device over-the-air by pulling down the notification panel, selecting Settings> General> About Phone> Software Update> Update Now and following the prompts.
AT&T Mobility is overhauling HTC's One X smartphone to run Google's Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean.
Verizon Wireless is updating Motorola Mobility's Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx smartphones to run Google's Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean.