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Can Google Fix Android's Biggest Problem?

Google is pissed — or at least that’s what it sounds like when you read Bloomberg’s look into the company’s relationship with smartphone manufacturers. According to the report, Google is aggressively addressing Android’s biggest problem: fragmentation, or the fact that few of Android’s 1.4 billion users are using the latest version of the operating system. While Apple’s iOS enjoys healthy adoption rates whenever a new update for the software rolls out, it takes manufacturers a very long time to adopt Android’s newest features — if they ever add them at all.

One Way Android Fragmentation Isn't As Bad As You Think

Making apps for Android can seem kind of messy because of the big scary F-word: Fragmentation. It’s part of why Tim Cook might call Android a “toxic hellstew” on stage. But the dirty little secret? It’s really not that bad, at least when it comes to screen size.

Just Look At How Much Worse Android Fragmentation Got Last Year

Android fragmentation has been a point of contention for many, many years. And the latest report from OpenSignal, the world’s largest source of crowdsourced coverage information, suggests that it’s only gotten worse over the last year.

The Prettiest Way To Find Out What iOS 7 Features Your iPhone Won't Get

iOS 7 looks lovely, but it’s not all about appearances; the new operating system is bringing some nice new features as well. But even if you get the upgrade, you might not get all the fun stuff that comes with it.

iOS Vs Android Fragmentation: Apple Users Stay Current

Here’s a little factoid from WWDC that the Android Community is sure to hate: 80 per cent of iOS users are using iOS 5 (Apple’s latest and greatest). Look at that little slice of pie for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Ouch.

When People Discuss Android Fragmentation, This Is What They Mean

You’ve probably read about Android market fragmentation and wondered just how big a deal it is. This visualisation spells out the problem quite clearly: there are almost 4000 unique Android devices out there running a single app available on Play. That, right there, is fragmentation.

Only 0.6-Percent Of Android Devices Have Ice Cream Sandwich Installed

It’s been over two months since Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) launched and the adoption rate is nothing short of pitiful. It’s sort of a disaster.

Google Gives Android Fragmentation Giant Thumbs Up

One of the most immediate (and valid) of the Android bonanza is its fragmentation problem. Too many versions! It’s confusing! So what could Google do to rein in the software panoply? Allow multiple versions of apps? Hmm.

Hide Your Data Through Fragmentation, Not Encryption

The thing about data encryption is that it’s basically a flashing neon sign indicating “SENSITIVE DATA HERE!” A new technique lets you secure your data by customising the way that data is fragmented across your drive.

Google Finally Fights Back Against Android Fragmentation

Openness has always been Android’s beauty and its curse. Google’s mobile operating system is available to any manufacturer that wants a slice, meaning you see it everywhere! It’s also historically been a place for hardware specialists and carriers to flex their software muscles, leading to custom alterations – skins – that often leave an elegant smartphone solution ugly, unusable, or both.

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