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I'll ask you one more time -- can you name a single feature phone running Android?Further, assuming that these mythical Android-powered feature phones aren't accessing the Play Store, then why do developers care what version of the OS they run? The brunt of the discussion has been about "fragmentation" and the alleged inability of developers to use new OS features in their apps. If these mythical Android feature phone users aren't installing apps, they they're not relevant...
That's a very disingenuous way to phrase it. You make it sound like Google stole an implementation from Apple. Nothing of the sort happened. Apple's universal search patent (http://www.google.com/patents/US8086604) is overly broad and shouldn't have been issued. Read the patent if you haven't already. It's essentially a vague, 10,000-foot level description of searching multiple repositories and sorting the results. It's full of empty phrases like "each heuristic module...
I didn't claim that you could. But there have been several claims in this thread that developers can't use newer APIs on older devices, and that's just not the case. Speaking of compiler improvements, apps packaged for older devices can take advantage of improvements in the Android build tools. Each new rev of the SDK includes more lint checks, which apply to all versions of the OS, and the NDK includes performance improvements, bug fixes, and security improvements...
I did, repeatedly, in a thread about a month ago. To repeat myself: When a device access the Play Store, it sends a unique ID and its Android version. These are stored by Google. If that device is later reactivated, it's not counted twice. If it's upgraded to a newer version of the OS, only the latest version is counted. The count isn't based on how many times a user access the Store, or if they install an app. It's only based on if they access it all, even once.Obviously,...
This is an oversimplification. Android provides support for writing backwards-compatible apps. For starters, there's the Android Support Library, which packages newer APIs into a library that can be bundled with apps: http://developer.android.com/tools/extras/support-library.html. The community has expanded on this with additional libraries, such as ActionBarSherlock (http://actionbarsherlock.com/), NotificationCompat2 (https://github.com/JakeWharton/NotificationCompat2),...
We went over this in another thread back in late May. You're (intentionally?) misrepresenting how the platform version stats are calculated. They're not based on frequency of access or whether or not a user installed an app.What is your factual basis to claim that many Android phones are used as feature phones? Can you cite a usage study?
  So much for embracing "think different[ly]." Thanks for once again demonstrating why I rarely comment here -- express any sort of divergent opinion and get name called. Way to uphold the level of childishness that so characterizes AppleInsider as the World Net Daily of tech news.   Most of your post is just fear-mongering. The malware "threat" on Android is mostly hype, and even the security companies themselves are starting to admit...
So I've seen a lot of posts here lately complaining that Google is "spying" on you and that Google knows too much about you. AppleInsider uses Google Analytics. Does anyone else see a double standard here?
What do you mean by older? Are you comparing WebKit version numbers?Chrome is more standards compliant, especially on mobile. Look at http://mobilehtml5.org/ or the Sencha reviews (http://www.sencha.com/blog/html5-scorecard-chrome-mobile-beta/ and http://www.sencha.com/blog/html5-scorecard-the-new-ipad-and-ios-5-1/). It looks like iOS 6 will improve this when it ships in a few months, but I prefer Chrome's more timely updates (at least on non-iOS platforms).Max Firtman did...
That's one of the reasons I jumped ship from iOS a while ago. I got tired of a manufacturer thinking they have the right to tell me how I can use my device. It's a real shame that users can't make choices for themselves (and look at the hoops they're making Sparrow jump through).I still have some iOS devices for testing, but there's no way I could go back.
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