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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.

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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.

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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.