You cannot talk about the Google operating system without touching the issue of fragmentation; it referred to the existence of different versions of Android in the current terminal. As discussed below, this has negative effects on the platform in many ways, so Google must implement an effective solution Why not learn from Apple? Indeed, the Cupertino Company known for releasing iOS updates that reach a high rate adoption shortly. It’s time to look at the graphs that show the current state of fragmentation on both operating systems, is there any progress on Android?
We can see that Jelly Bean has a market share of about 50%, and the rest divided among four versions more: Gingerbread, ICS, Froyo and Honeycomb. On the other hand Apple numbers show a reduced fragmentation of iOS, with an impressive 65% of iOS devices in July and 25% in the penultimate version.
Perhaps the strongest strategy Google is also your worst enemy: the variety of devices. Manufacturers have great freedom to choose the specifications with which they tell their products, leading to terminal high, medium and low end. Thus, Google cannot provide a functional update to all devices requiring delayed intervention manufacturers. If we add the lack of software like iTunes, the update process is complicated even more.
How does this affect the ecosystem? Both users and developers we are harmed. On the one hand we do not enjoy the latest features of the system, while the profits of developers are depleted.
Although we have seen great progress with the most current version of the system (without Kit Kat), it is clear that Google and manufacturers have a long way to go.