A classic Onion article is when they wrote about an entirely non-fictional event:
The bug fix would be trivial to port back to Android 1.5, which would make it drastically more likely to get on to these older phones, but there's no sign this will ever happen. Do I keep code paths like this? Or do I give up the 25% of the market that is Android 1.5? Neither is desirable.
If they made an update, say 1.5.1, you would still want the old code path for the devices that hadn't upgraded - which leaves you in exactly the same position you are in now.
Another really frustrating one is how I have to detect specific devices and request certain size depth buffers just to get decent performance.
I'm not sure what you want Google to do about this. Do you want Google to dictate a certain hardware spec to all the vendors? If you favor a consistent platform (more or less) from a well-known set of hardware on a single carrier, you should go with Apple.
This is simply software engineering - taking one set of trade-offs for others. If you want newer features, you target the later API, at the cost of a smaller audience. These are all very straight-forward cost/benefit decisions, that YOU get to make, not Google. This is the strength of the open platform.
Through the market you can reach an enormous diversity of devices, which translates to a huge audience. I agree - it would be an amazing world if you could write a app once that works flawlessly on all of them. But as a software developer myself, I don't think that expectation is reasonable. That being said, I think Android does work quite well, and good luck on another platform like WinMo7.
...the more money they made the next day on the streets. Those three things--autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward--are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It's whether our work fulfills us.
-- The Kindle's most highlighted passage, from Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success
Regarding Apple's lawsuit, I saw a clip of another interesting CEO and his take on stealing Apple's patented inventions.