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the eternal battle to combat fragmentation

One of the strong cards that Apple has always played with good results, is to compare its mobile operating system against the competition, since nobody even comes close to the scheme that Apple has , where iOS works both in its distribution and update but above all in the ease that developers have to work on it.

On the other hand, we have Android, where Google has done the impossible to solve the problem, providing tools for a simple implementation of updates to its operation, unfortunately these tools and initiatives have not given the expected result and in the latest analysis of Open Signal, we have that Android has grown in fragmentation an alarming 60% compared to the previous year .

the eternal battle to combat fragmentationthe eternal battle to combat fragmentation

Yes, we know, Google is not to blame for everything, but if you are responsible for the fact that there are several players involved in your operating system, therefore updates depend on Google, as well as on the manufacturer and the phone operator , causing developers to have to make an extra effort, since they have to work on applications that are compatible, first with the average resolution and then, that work well in most versions and hardware, not an easy task.

While at Apple, they have the great advantage of being in control of both the hardware and the software, working only on four resolutions (and if the rumors are true, soon there will be more), likewise, the updates are totally controlled by Apple, without any intermediary, which has caused that to date, iOS 7 is in 91% of the devices , while iOS 6 is already only in 8% and the remaining 1% is divided into other versions of the operation.

The case of Android is very different, five versions of the operative have more than 10% of participation in the devices , being as follows: 4.1 Jelly Bean 26.5%, Android 4.4 KitKat 20.9%, 4.2 Jelly Bean 19.8%, 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 Gingerbread 13.6% and finally 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with 10.6%. This causes that there is no standardization and manufacturers choose not to update their devices, because it is easier (and more profitable) to launch a new mobile with the new version of Android, than to update the wide range of current devices, which in my opinion, is a great lack of respect and seriousness towards the consumer.

Of course, these numbers are mostly due to the fact that Android is the operating system of choice for hundreds of manufacturers, which is why this year 18,796 new Android-compatible devices have been reported according to Open Signal , while last year there were “only” 11,868 devices. Of these new devices, Samsung has 43% of the market.

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As we can see, it’s really crazy, and up to a certain point it’s logical that Android can’t compete in this field against Apple , because as I mentioned, it doesn’t depend on Google 100%, but I repeat, it’s in it to solve this, that if we see it in a cold way, it wouldn’t have to, by providing tools for all devices to be updated in a simple way, runs the risk that the market will no longer be full of Android terminals, as it would provide them with a longer lifetime , which of course is not in Google’s interest, neither for manufacturers nor for operators.