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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.
  I think there's some confusion regarding what the statistics are measuring. They're not just counting the total number of checkins. They're grouped by device. So, if I check the Play Store 50 times during a month from my Galaxy Nexus running ICS, it's counted as one hit for ICS, not 50. So it doesn't matter if users with newer devices checkin more often. As long as they checkin even once, they're counted.
None of that has anything to do with how often a device or user will query Google's servers to check for app updates, which is enough for a device to get counted in Google's Android distribution statistics. You claimed that ICS devices were over represented in the stats. I haven't heard an argument to support that claim.
  You've been able to submit fixes using Google's desktop version of Maps for a few years. For more intensive edits, you can use Map Maker - http://www.google.com/mapmaker. We've done quite a bit of crowd-sourced edits in my town, and they get added to Google's maps fairly quickly.
I don't think this is the case. Play is the old Android Market which is usable on all Google Android devices. If a user checks for app updates, they use Play, which queries Google's servers which updates the platform version stats. I really don't understand what you mean by saying it's not usable on older devices.
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