The Pros And Cons Of Android Fragmentation

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  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    The Pros and Cons of Android Fragmentation (click for full article)

    "My $99 Logitech Revue was just upgraded to the latest version of Google TV. My "go to" tablet these days is Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire. These are both Android devices and are examples of the platform's recent fragmentation.

    Android fragmentation highlights include:

    5 OS versions on devices (Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and Ice Cream Sandwich)

    Devices in various sizes, from small phones to TVs

    Device manufacturers branching their own versions of Android

    Amazon's Kindle Fire is an example of a device with a manufacturer's custom version of Android. This splintering has caused real concern among developers.

    Android fragmentation is most often compared to Apple's closed ecosystem for iOS. Apple iPhone and iPad developers can deliver pixel-perfect apps and be assured the apps will just work. Android's multiple sizes, OS versions and branching make that pixel-perfect delivery difficult for developers.

    But there are some positives of Android fragmentation from a developer standpoint. Here's a look at some of the pros and cons."
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2012

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