inessential by Brent Simmons

Android and Fragmentation

My old co-worker Nick Bradbury, who now works on WordPress for Android, writes Android’s Overblown Fragmentation Problem Revisited:

I haven’t found the number of devices to be as big an issue as the number of OS versions.

That’s an interesting point — different devices is one thing and different versions of the OS is another thing. If I had the ability to pick just one of the two problems, I’d pick different devices over different OSes. (Nick’s piece includes a breakdown of OS versions that their customers are running.)