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Sony combats Android fragmentation with firmware over the air updates

Sophie Curtis | March 22, 2013
Red Bend's software can repartition flash memory without compromising the integrity of the file system

Firmware can be updated in the background while the mobile device is fully operational and does not require any additional memory, thanks to Red Bend's patented exe.diff and "in place" technologies.

Red Bend's vRapid Mobile FOTA updating technology will be integrated into all of Sony's new Android smartphones and tablets, and Red Bend hopes to extend the service to other OEM partners in time.

The problem of Android fragmentation was recently highlighted by Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller in an interview with Reuters, in which he said that Google's own research showed the vast majority of Android users were stuck on older versions of the operating system.

Schiller said that the host of customised versions of Android in the marketplace also poses a problem for consumers, because every Android update has to be tested to ensure a good fit for a multiplicity of handset makers before it can be widely released, which slows updates.


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