Originally Posted by thebobp
Exactly the same as what's happening here. An app can not be installed (short of a developer account, now that chevron is no more) on anything besides a nokia phone. An app requires a Samsung phone to be installed. Or it requires an HTC phone.
True, the fragmentation is along different lines (company rather than OS version#), but the effect is precisely the same.
You're munging ideas. I bet those same android people would be ecstatic if the fact that only some devices got ICS today, and all
would tomorrow. They don't get ICS tomorrow because
of fragmentation (specifically hardware limitations and carrier reluctance to put in the effort to upgrade those devices).
It's a totally different story with what Nokia is doing (and don't forget, the OS maker Microsoft is with them on this). These apps come to everyone. They are priming the development pump and getting more 3rd party developers involved and invested in the OS by subsidizing them and helping with the development of these apps.
It would only be 'exactly the same' if HTC or Motorola / AT&T or Sprint or Verizon refused to ALLOW the 'upgrade' (installation of these new apps) on older devices because they had to invest as well. No investment required on their part here - the apps will be there for them too so... there's really not much more to say =)