Android fragmentation


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Android fragmentation

The many models of Android smartphones and tablets on the market. Because device makers are free to enhance the Android operating system with user interface additions, and because vendors do not update all their customers' devices with the latest version of the Android OS, there is a huge number of Android hardware/software combinations on the market. Not only is it confusing for users, but it is increasingly difficult for developers to ensure that their apps work on every device. See Android and Chrome OS.
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It is not untrue either as statistics shows a growth of 600 per cent in malwares specific to Android OS and with Android fragmentation issue, many old and highly vulnerable versions are still plying.
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Android fragmentation is the biggest issue with Google's mobile operating system.