Android’s Fragmentation – Still A Problem For Android Developers
Google’s Android possess a major flaw in its OS development, that is fragmentation issue. For this reason one android OS version still remains isolated from other android OS version. It offers a wide range of hardware and software options for the developers, which in turn increases time of development and causes complication for application design. From a latest survey of devices in the last two weeks, Google found that only 10% of android owners are running the latest version of the OS, and almost half (47%) are still using “Gingerbread” i.e. the version 2.33.
Android Developers have been challenged by Android’s open nature from the beginning. In addition, the release of OS updates to all the available hardware is dependent on a wide range of sources. For such reasons, Android developers have now targeted their Android application development for devices that run the Gingerbread platform and later, which is now on over 80% of Android devices.
Mobile Developers have faced even the worse fragmentation issues during the early days of development. With numerous hardware variants, developing app for a group of devices was almost impossible. With Android the fragmentation issue is more troublesome because of the advanced features which only a fraction of devices support it. This situation continuously drives the developers to focus on hardware specific abilities of the smartphones.
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