What is fragmentation, really?

June 27, 2013 — 2 Comments

Noted Apple-banger, all round reality distortionaire and snarktopus, John Gruber, recently posted these figures:

“93 Percent of Active iOS Users Are Running iOS 6.” Looks a little different than Android’s numbers.

Andreas Constantinou just tweeted:

State of the fragmented nation: Android vs iOS. One picture, a thousand words,

with a link to a “technically accurate” but ultimately dishonest chart comparing iOS distribution (apples) to Android distribution (oranges) by version.

It’s dishonest, of course, because the topic of vertical integration as compared to de-coupling core apps to ensure consistent API access across OS versions is worth at least a thousand words. Inaccurate comparisons and trite, offhanded comments are plain FUD, but hey: page views and retweets.

So anyway, I fixed it for them.



2 responses to What is fragmentation, really?

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  1. Desmontando el problema de la “fragmentación” en Android con una sola imagen | Juegos Android - July 6, 2013

    […] Por supuesto, hay que cogerla con pinzas. Vamos a dejarlo muy claro para empezar: en iOS la fragmentación no es un problema tan grave como en Android. Partiendo de esa base, vamos a intentar aclarar conceptos. Y es que el hecho de que ahora mismo haya distintas versiones de Android no significa que estas no puedan ejecutar el último software. Esta otra imagen dice claramente lo que quiero decir. […]

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