fragmentation

  • Android Device Ecosystem: More Diverse Than Ever

    Android Device Ecosystem: More Diverse Than Ever

    Growing Android fragmentation — or device diversity if you prefer — has been visualized in a new report by crowdsourced cell phone signal startup OpenSignal, which has surveyed 682,000 devices to build its annual peek at Google’s mobile OS ecosystem. Read More

  • At 57.5%, Gingerbread Still The Top Android OS; Jelly Bean Climbs To 1.2%

    At 57.5%, Gingerbread Still The Top Android OS; Jelly Bean Climbs To 1.2%

    New data on the state of the Android ecosystem has been posted to Google’s Android Developers site. The big reveal? Gingerbread, the version of the Android mobile operating system released back in December 2010, is still leading with 57.5% of Android OS share. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is at 20.9%, and Android 2.2 (Froyo) has 14%. Yes, Froyo – released in May 2010. And as… Read More

  • UTest Acquires Apphance In 7-Figure Deal As Mobile Developer Tools Consolidate

    UTest Acquires Apphance In 7-Figure Deal As Mobile Developer Tools Consolidate

    Some consolidation in the area of companies that offer tools to mobile developers, specifically in the area of quality testing — a must-have for developers working in the highly fragmented world of smartphones and tablets. Boston-based uTest has made its first strategic acquisition: Poland-based Apphance, which it is buying from its parent company Polidea in a seven-figure deal… Read More

  • 3,997 Models: Android Fragmentation As Seen By The Developers Of OpenSignalMaps

    3,997 Models: Android Fragmentation As Seen By The Developers Of OpenSignalMaps

    Over the past six months, the folks at OpenSignalMaps have been keeping tabs on the devices that have been downloading their network monitoring app, and so far they’ve recorded downloads onto 681,900 separate Android devices in 195 countries. Now they’ve taken all that data and splayed it out for all to see, and it highlights rather nicely how big a headache fragmentation can be… Read More

  • OK, MG, I Take It Back

    OK, MG, I Take It Back

    A few weeks ago, I wrote: A couple weeks ago, MG wrote: Android development itself remains a huge pain in the ass. I hear this again, and again, and again. Which took me a bit aback. I’ve developed numerous Android and iOS apps (though not games, so I can’t speak to the differences there) over the last few years, and neither set of developer tools seems to me to be hugely… Read More

  • Linux fragmentation: good or bad?

    Everyone and their brother can make an Android device, which means that Android is outselling the iPhone. But as some of the comments on John’s post point out, device proliferation leads to consumer angst in trying to find the right device to purchase. The same phenomenon has been happening in the Linux market for ages, with consumers trying to figure out whether they need or want Fedora… Read More