Before we get into dissecting a recent report from the Open Signal Maps database, here is what you need to know about the originators of this report: the Open Signal Maps database is an open (duh!) project that has assumed the task of creating coverage maps of 2G, 3G and 4G coverage, as well as Wi-Fi access points throughout the world. For now, such maps are only available only for the US, UK, Italy, Germany and Spain, but OSM is hard at work to extend its reach.
Downloaded and installed on almost 700,000 Android devices during the last six months, the OSB Android app sends signal information back to the database from the devices it is installed on. In return, users [...]
Android fragmentation is a huge problem. Or at least, that’s what we all think after listening to technology experts, web developers, game developers, and simple technology geeks, all talking about fragmentation as if were a nuclear war or a shattering earthquake.
Pretty much every discussion and debate regarding Android’s strong and weak points right now starts with what most people think is the operating system’s first downside, fragmentation. But is fragmentation such a dramatic issue in reality, at least from the app developers’ point of view? Isn’t Android’s own F-word just a nuisance that gets blown to enormous proportions due to exaggerations and [...]
Android is quickly becoming one of the most popular operating systems around and this is mostly because of its open nature. However, not all is as it seems. Many open-source advocates have criticized Google for keeping the operating system one of the most “closed” open platforms ever. Before you get confused, Google’s Chris DiBona says that’s all nonsense, pointing out the over 10 million lines of Android code that are under an open-source license.
However, with the recent purchase of Motorola Mobility by Google, this may soon change. It will be a big temptation for the search giant to close off Android, to gain more control of their [...]
Google is preparing to showcase the next generation of Android, dubbed Honeycomb.
Not content with merely releasing the Android 3.0 SDK, Google’s invited a smattering of press to its Mountain View campus on Feb. 2 for a closer look at Honeycomb. Thankfully, for those interested, the entire event is going to be streamed at YouTube.com/android.
Although numerous Android tablets exist already, most of them are running a customized version of Android that was designed primarily for smartphones, not a larger touch screen device.
While Google’s mobile OS might not be considered as impressive as others aesthetically, Android does have a greater developer community which [...]
The official Android Developers website has recently released an updated metrics report on the currect distribution of the Android platform.Android 1.5 3 12.0% Android 1.6 4 17.5% Android 2.1 7 41.7% Android 2.2 8 28.7%
This means that Android 2.x versions account for over 70% of the Android distribution. If you head on over to the Android Developers website you can also view a graph of the historical distribution over time, which is quite revealing. Here, we can see that Android 1.5 held is use rate until well into May 2010. However, since the advent of Android 2.2 and its roll out onto newer devices, [...]
Over at the Android developers blog, Google have released the statistics of Android version usage. The data were collcted over a two week period ending on June 16, 2010. The figures reveal that 50.4% of Android devices run Android 2.0 or greater. If we consider Eclair to comprise Android 2.0, 2.0.1 and 2.1, then we can certainly conclude that the Android ‘fragmentation’ issue is subsiding. This is good because it has been such a hot topic over the last few months since Google have released version after version of Android.
The other ~50% or so goes to Android 1.6 and Android 1.5. We really have just three major Android [...]
According to Google’s open source and compatibility program manager for Android, Dan Morrill , the ‘fragmentation’ that people talk about with Android is just a ‘bogeyman, a red herring’. In a rather long blog post, one of the key points that Dan Morrill makes is that ‘fragmentation’ has different meanings. Unfortunately I found this rather unconvincing because, no matter what the semantics, there are various forms of ‘old’ Google Android out there which are unable to run many of the latest applications.
Because it means everything, it actually means nothing, so the [...]