Does Kindle Fire’s popularity hurt Android?

A very interesting analysis about how the popularity of Kindle Fire can hurt the Android vision of Google.

And the stronger the Kindle Fire is as a product, the more damage it will do to Google’s vision of Android. Google talks about openness and freedom but the real reason it began work on Android was to create a platform it could use to deliver its ads and services…

It seems, Apple’s notion that Kindle Fire’s popularity will ultimately help iOS – has some truth.

Kindle Fire runs a customized version of an old version of Android. Google had told that the version used in Kindle, Android 2.2 Froyo, was not ready for tablet in 2010 and warned hardware manufacturers not to use the software in tablet computers. After that Google has released two major versions of the operating system – Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Will the popularity of Kindle Fire will undermine the relevancy of the new versions of the OS?

‘Fragmentation’, as Apple’s late co-founder termed the problem with Android OS seems like more real in current time although it’s market share is going up. iOS is there but Microsoft’s Windows 8 also seems like a real contender in the mobile market. I guess, the battle is going to be much heated in the coming year.



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