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Hackers Prevent iOS 6 From Turning Into Android

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This week at WWDC, Apple (AAPL) proudly highlighted just how fragmented Android (GOOG) continues to be. Despite last year's promises to work with carriers like Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) to promptly update devices to latest and greatest OS, Android remains a messy, splintered platform.

And Android isn't the only one with the problem. Fragmentation has already plagued Windows Phones (MSFT) thanks to version-specific apps and Nokia's (NOK) exclusive apps. And once BlackBerry 10 (RIMM) debuts, RIM's entire existing product line of phones will be completely obsolete.

By comparison, Apple and its proprietary hardware allows iOS to be a wholly unified experience. That is, until iOS 6 arrives.

As Apple is wont to do, devices only a few years old tend to be summarily forgotten as newer, more capable hardware debuts. While it incentivizes users to upgrade every year or two, those who stick with an iPhone 4 are already feeling the pinch.

iOS 6 will be compatible with the iPhone 4, but some of the platform's niftier features -- like 3D Flyover and turn-by-turn voice navigation in Apple Maps -- will be exclusive to devices running A5 processors. So that means iPhone 4 users will be digitally "grounded" while searching for the nearest bar.

However, a few industrious Russian hackers at iGuides discovered a method which grants iPhone 4 users the pleasure of flying high over Apple's admittedly flawed Maps program. Though the workaround is very code-heavy, there likely will be a simplified version at some point in the future.

In the meantime, enjoy a couple Russkies rocking a fully featured Apple Maps on their iPhone 4.

(See also: The Best Argument to Switch From iPhone to Android and AT&T Falsely 'Upgrades' iPhone 4S to 4G)

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