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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Cook also mocked Android's user base saying that "other platforms suffer from horrible fragmentation scenario." Google has been taking steps to fix the Android fragmentation issue for the past few years and with Android O, it is reportedly separating the original vendor implementation and has updated the Android OS framework.
Between that and the continuing sorry state of Android fragmentation, the app situation for Android tablets remains a disaster.
What many investors do not see is that Android fragmentation may seem less across Google's partners but in-house fragmentation remains a problem.