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Android fragmentation surges, but is that a bad thing?

App developer Open Signal has spotted 11,868 distinct Android devices over the last few months. While this kind of diversity may be a pain for developers, it surely gives users a lot of choice.

By Jul. 30, 2013


Is Android fragmentation over with Jelly Bean's rise? Nope

For the first time in years, the most widely used version of Android also happens to be the newest. That's good news for developers, but Android is more complicated than one bar chart.

By Jul. 12, 2013


Apple takes swipe at Android with new fragmentation chart

The company claims that 93 percent of its users are running iOS 6, while 6 percent are running iOS 5. Just 1 percent of its users are running an earlier version of its operating system.

By Jun. 21, 2013


Google engineers: We're trying to fix Android fragmentation

During a Google I/O fireside chat, a team of Google Android engineers acknowledged continuing fragmentation issues with Android's software. Also: might Android get dramatically different camera abilities?

By May. 16, 2013


BB10 will have 'minimised' fragmentation, BlackBerry vows

We speak to BlackBerry about its new operating system, and whether differently sized screens will put off app developers.

By Jan. 30, 2013


Google modifies Android SDK to battle platform fragmentation

New terms for developers specifically prohibit them from any action that could contribute to further fragmentation of the mobile platform.

By Nov. 15, 2012


Android apps delayed by Adobe and fragmentation, says BBC

We ask the BBC's Daniel Danker why Auntie's Android apps are released later than their iOS counterparts.

By Oct. 8, 2012


Here's what Android fragmentation really looks like

Data reveals thousands of devices running wild in the global Android jungle.

By May. 15, 2012


Ex-Google boss says Android fragmentation drove him to iOS

An ex-Android developer has spilled the beans on Android's fragmentation problem, citing it as the reason he developed for iOS.

By Jul. 15, 2012


Ep. 1396: Alien communication fragmentation

See, the problem with alien communication fragmentation is that the aliens will have a hard time finding us. The real question, though, is whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. Also, we ponder whether we need a new rule about how no, you cannot turn off the Internet because of your inter-border protest issues ... EGYPT. Plus, LinkedIn goes IPO, Amazon is killing it, and the world is introduced to the CataPot. --Molly

By Jan. 28, 2011