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Apkudo wants to address fragmentation by becoming the gold standard of smartphone hardware and software testing

by: J. Angelo RacomaApril 20, 2013
Apkudo tests and certifies apps and devices so that carriers and developers don't have to, which helps reduce the negative effects of fragmentation.
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Does the world need more mobile OSs?

by: Nate SwannerJanuary 27, 2013
With a few operating systems on offer for your mobile device, do you need more options to consider? Will any of the new crop be able to challenge Android?
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iOS 6 fragmentation more evident in iPhone, iPad and iPod touch universe, but is it really an issue?

by: Chris SmithSeptember 22, 2012
One of the valid arguments behind adopting an iOS device is the fact that Apple’s devices are always receiving updates on time and that carriers have no say in when these updates are rolled out – that also means they have no bloatware included in any iPhone version.
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Diversity vs Fragmentation: OSM graphs show the many faces of our favorite green robot

by: Mike AndriciMay 17, 2012

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 [...]

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The F-word (the other one) doesn’t scare all Android developers

by: AdrianApril 3, 2012

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 [...]

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Google Planning To Make Android A Closed System?

by: Aerol BibatAugust 24, 2011

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 [...]

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Is Google Ready For The Next Evolution Of Android?

by: Darcy LaCouveeJanuary 29, 2011

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 [...]

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Android ‘fragmentation’ dwindling

by: James TromansSeptember 12, 2010

Android fragmentation dwindling

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, [...]

 
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Over 50% of Android phones run version 2.0+

by: James TromansJune 17, 2010

Android 2.0+

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 [...]

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Google Android fragmentation and development cycle

by: James TromansJune 2, 2010

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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 [...]

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