Something like this was inevitable, given that:
- Two models of the iPhone (the 3GS and 3G) are doing battle with scads of Android handsets in an array of shapes and sizes;
- You can buy an Android phone for a lot less than an iPhone (the original Droid launched in November at the same contract price as an iPhone 3GS–now Amazon has ‘em for twenty bucks;
- Three out of four major U.S. wireless carriers still don’t have the iPhone.
The article nails it. There are too many makes/models of Android phones for this not to happen.
It’s not that big a deal from an iPhone perspective. The fragmentation of different models, different Android OS versions, different custom software, on carriers with different update policies, lessens the impact of their sheer number.