JanSt

The other Android fragmentation - hardware

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Speaking to The Next Web, Smith outlines the top six Android devices running his Audiobooks and Audiobooks Free apps based on 1.3 million downloads:

Droid X (7.8 percent of users)
Samsung Galaxy S2 (4.3 percent)
Droid (4 percent)
HTC Desire HD (4 percent)
HTC Evo 4G (3.7 percent)
Droid incredible (2.3 percent)

Remember, these are the top six devices out of a total of 1,443. Factor in the Android version that these devices are running, Smith says that half of the users are running Android 2.3.3 and then the rest are on versions ranging from 1.6 to 4.0.3. No developer can be expected to support hundreds of devices running a variety of aging platforms.

The full story over on ZDNET

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matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 17:47

I don't mean to sound rude but, what's your point exactly?

blizzard7  Apr. 2, 2012 at 17:56

Lol at Twitter for Mac. Why would you go to the Mac App store and download that, when you've got that thing... what's it called again... Oh yeah, the internet.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:00

No point. It's a discussion.
Those devs 'suffer' - inundated with customers complaining that their device is not supported.
In the example above, an app is compatible with some 700 devices...of 1400.
That is in addition to the fragmentation caused by the various Android OS flavours!

Does no one read? Is this Twitter? :p

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:01

Lol at Twitter for Mac. Why would you go to the Mac App store and download that, when you've got that thing... what's it called again... Oh yeah, the internet.
Don't be stupid, everything MUST have an app on every platform nowadays ;).

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:03

No point. It's a discussion.
Those devs 'suffer' - inundated with customers complaining that their device is not supported.
In the example above, an app is compatible with some 700 devices...of 1400.
That is in addition to the fragmentation caused by the various Android OS flavours!

Spend money or get left behind, that's how technology has been for years. That's how PCs are, I'm not pissy that my laptop can't be used to play high end games.

blizzard7  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:04

Lol at Twitter for Mac. Why would you go to the Mac App store and download that, when you've got that thing... what's it called again... Oh yeah, the internet.
Don't be stupid, everything MUST have an app on every platform nowadays ;).


Silly me. I forgot Firefox, Chrome, Opera, IE and Safari are all redundant now :p

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:04

Lol at Twitter for Mac. Why would you go to the Mac App store and download that, when you've got that thing... what's it called again... Oh yeah, the internet.

To stay off-topic: who uses twitter.com? You gotta be kidding, right? :p

If there is an app that every platform needs it is Twitter-something, cause TwitterDotCom has gotta be amongst the worst...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:05

To stay off-topic: who uses twitter.com?
When I'm not on my phone, me.

blizzard7  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:14

No point. It's a discussion.
Those devs 'suffer' - inundated with customers complaining that their device is not supported.
In the example above, an app is compatible with some 700 devices...of 1400.
That is in addition to the fragmentation caused by the various Android OS flavours!

Spend money or get left behind, that's how technology has been for years. That's how PCs are, I'm not pissy that my laptop can't be used to play high end games.


That's my view as well. I'm happy to trade the open-ness of Android, and the many many many skins, themes and ROM flavours I can get for my single device, in exchange for not being able to use the odd app.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:17

To stay off-topic: who uses twitter.com?
When I'm not on my phone, me.


Why?

use twitiq.com if you don't wanna use an app.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:22

No point. It's a discussion.
Those devs 'suffer' - inundated with customers complaining that their device is not supported.
In the example above, an app is compatible with some 700 devices...of 1400.
That is in addition to the fragmentation caused by the various Android OS flavours!

Spend money or get left behind, that's how technology has been for years. That's how PCs are, I'm not pissy that my laptop can't be used to play high end games.


That's my view as well. I'm happy to trade the open-ness of Android, and the many many many skins, themes and ROM flavours I can get for my single device, in exchange for not being able to use the odd app.


I would agree; and I do with regards to laptops etc...
But with phones the situation is different, imho... you just saw how matt was unable to 'guess' the point of the article :p Well, that is how most people consume phones. They think they are buying >an< Android phone, so it must be able to do all them cool >Android< things...

People are being driven nuts by advertising and incompetent under-paid phonestore staff...

It IS a problem. If we three agree or not.
But you do see the questions we get here, right?
Of course - if we all had Galaxy Notes, life would be better :p

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:29

So basically, the crux of the issue is that people are to f*cking lazy to properly research what they're buying. I have no time for idiots and I'm not sorry for it.

Pondlife  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:30

Surely the point of the OS is to take some of the strain of disparate devices, compare that number of android devices with how many different pc configurations there are it's minuscule.
Legitimate to say as some apps do requires version x.x and above, especially on free apps?

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:30

If I walked into an Audi showroom and bought an A1 expecting it to give me the same experience as an RS6, but for a lot less money, would you have any sympathy for me when I was disappointed?

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:36

So basically, the crux of the issue is that people are to f*cking lazy to properly research what they're buying. I have no time for idiots and I'm not sorry for it.

Ahem... yes, treab :p

Nah, I get you. But: look, we mostly agree here that Android's market is quantity over quality.
Even some big Android fans admit that, generally speaking, iOS apps are 'better'...
The point of Android version fragmentation is already distracting app devs from doing their job. The hardware fragmentation isn't mentioned all that often. If those guys didn't have to cater to 1500 different devices, maybe we'd all profit from better apps?

That, I think, is what those guys are on about.
As an app developer you can't just say, "hey, you're an idiot for buying the wrong phone'...
So, you waste time...

I don't give a sh*t, either. But I find 95 % of the 250 or so Android apps I tried this year childish, anyways. On the other hand, I'd rather not feel the 'need' to go and buy an iPhone 5 later this year ;)

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:38

...but I probably will. :p Maybe even 2 :D

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:41

If I walked into an Audi showroom and bought an A1 expecting it to give me the same experience as an RS6, but for a lot less money, would you have any sympathy for me when I was disappointed?

Not a fair comparison, honestly.

Take off your geek-hat, and visit the network's 'showrooms' - see how they use purposefully vague terms to give people the impression an Ace is as good as a Galaxy just a tad smaller...

Pondlife  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:44

I don't give a sh*t, either. But I find 95 % of the 250 or so Android apps I tried this year childish, anyways.

So basically, the crux of the issue is that people are to f*cking lazy to properly research what they're buying. I have no time for idiots and I'm not sorry for it.

;)
runs stage left

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:46

I don't give a sh*t, either. But I find 95 % of the 250 or so Android apps I tried this year childish, anyways.

So basically, the crux of the issue is that people are to f*cking lazy to properly research what they're buying. I have no time for idiots and I'm not sorry for it.

;)
runs stage left


Hahaha... some clever editing, there, but I'm under my desk - just in case... #ohLookJustinBieberOverThere

Pondlife  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:57

250 apps this year though blimey I can't think of that many I'd want to try on anything.

Pondlife  Apr. 2, 2012 at 19:00

Quite surprised that about half are running gingerbread tbh, thought it would be lower.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 19:03

250 apps this year though blimey I can't think of that many I'd want to try on anything.

Just trying to find 1 good twitter app means you gotta try 30+... :p

Pondlife  Apr. 2, 2012 at 19:28

That's 30 plus apps I'll never need to try

blizzard7  Apr. 2, 2012 at 19:30

Sorry, but this thread is one huge non-issue. Either as Pondlife says, you support version x.x or you don't. Even if an app doesn't, there's going to be alternatives.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 20:14

duly noted :)

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