Real World Examples Of Android Fragmentation

We have made references several times on this blog to fragmentation of the Android operating system. When we refer to fragmentation of Android we mean the significant amount of variation between different phones that are running Android. In general fragmentation is bad because it is confusing for users, particularly when they read about a feature of Android an a blog like ours only to find that features is not on their phone.

Josh Smith over on has written a great article that includes real world examples of fragmentation. The money quote is, “my phone just came out, it should have the newest software.” As Josh writes, that’s what most consumers think. Unfortunately, too many Android phones do not ship with the latest version of Android, and what is worse is that there may not be an upgrade readily available to get that phone to the latest version.