In the Android Ecosystem, Fragmentation is Nothing New


All the way back in 2011, before Android marched to the top of the mobile platform wars, developers were voicing concerns about the fragmentation of the platform. In a post back then, I noted this quote from a study that Appcelerator and IDC did:  “The Appcelerator-IDC Q2 2011 Mobile Developer Survey Report, taken April 11-13, shows that interest in Android has recently plateaued as concerns around fragmentation and disappointing results from early tablet sales have caused developers to pull back from their previous steadily increasing enthusiasm for Google’s mobile operating system.”

Recently, there has been alarm in the press over how much Andoid fragmenation there is, but the fact remains that Google benefits from the spread of both the Android releases that it controls, and the open forks that keep appearing.


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