“A product manager for Time Warner cable has announced that the company expects to finally bring a live video app to Android before Memorial Day, but the app will be limited to Android 4.x (Ice Cream Sandwich, or ICS) due to it being ‘the only version of the Android OS that allows us the security and stability necessary to distribute video over our private network,'” Electronista reports. “The cable giant created a live video app for iOS early last year.”
“Saying that developing a live video product for Android is like ‘tweezing one’s eyebrows while using a disco ball as a mirror,’ author Jeff Simmermon admitted that the challenge of coding the product for a wide range of devices did not compare favorably to iOS saying it was ‘much easier’ to develop a live video app on Apple’s platform,” Electronista reports. “The post expresses some frustration with the fragmentation aspects of Android, cautioning users that ‘it’s up to the device manufacturer or sometimes the data carrier when or if ICS will be deployed’ to their devices.”
Electronista reports, “Android 4.0 is thus far only on just under three percent of all Android devices, and while some devices are still awaiting updates, the majority — particularly those running on the 2.x version of Android — will likely never be updated, as carriers and manufacturers have a strong incentive to keep newer updates for newer devices, both to ensure the best experience as well as providing an inducement for users to keep upgrading hardware.”
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