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Despite Promises, Google Has Yet to Defragment Android

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Back in May, Google made an announcement that made millions of Android owners happy. Aside from Google Music, Google Movies, and a sneak peek at Android@Home, one of the biggest announcements to come out of that conference was the promise to defragment the scattered Android OS.

Dubbed the Android Update Alliance, an agreement among Google, manufacturers, and carriers promised to better schedule and organize OTA updates, so that more, if not most, customers would be running the same version for a duration of 18 months.

But as Android and Me's Justin Shapcott points out, there's little to indicate that Google or any of its partners have made good on that promise. Nearly four months later, Android users are still seeing sparse updates and platforms spread across multiple versions.

Shapcott notes, however, that many of the recently launched devices run the latest version of Gingerbread. But that still doesn't make up for the numerous devices hamstrung with older versions of the OS.

Android and Me mocked up a few charts to better illustrate the great divide among Android users. Although HTC and Sony Ericsson appear to be on the ball for the most part, others desperately need to get their act together.

(See also: Sprint Joins the War Against the AT&T, T-Mobile Merger and iPhone Shipment Estimates Down 10%, Report Says)

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