Gingerbread, Froyo, Honeycomb, Eclair... Android fragmentation is the issue that just won't go away for Google.
In fact, given that we've still got at least four full versions of Android currently out in the wild, you could argue that the problem is getting worse, not better. And it's not just us saying that – 86% of developers see fragmentation is an issue for Android too.
In some ways Google has been a victim of its own success. In working at breakneck speed to keep Android moving forward in terms of new features and tweaks, Google has outed on average more than two versions of Android a year since the platform launched in 2008.
The result, of course, is that many people are walking around with phones running versions of the mobile OS that are out of date – a fact only made worse by the fact that each phone manufacturer decides itself when – or even if – it will offer an upgrade to the latest version. It's a frustrating state of affairs, so we're not too surprised to hear that a full 86% of Android developers think fragmentation is a problem.
A Baird survey of Android devs revealed that more than half (57%) ranked fragmentation as either a “huge” or “meaningful” issue, with nearly a third saying it's a problem, but not a major one. Just 14% of respondents said they weren't concerned at all. Via BGR