This is Android’s fragmentation. And it is still a feature [opinion] | Tech NEWS

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This particular image by popular app developer Animoca has done the rounds of world wide web this past week, used by several blogs as yet another “proof” of Android’s fragmentation. Even Chris wrote it about it yesterday. The Hong Kong-based developer says they have over 400 test devices to ensure their apps will be compatible with anything their process is put on.

Damning? Hardly. Android is fragmented, it was always intended to be, and therein lies the bombshell of the platform. Everything from TVs to watches run on Android currently. What Android does exceedingly well is that it allows manufacturers to produce any device they wish, without any restriction, so as to offer users as numerous choices as possible. And it also does well to allow developers to target as numerous varying form factors with the same code.

The focus on that last sentence should be on the word quality. And what I mean by that is a developer who understands the platform, acknowledges the constraints fragmentation puts on it, and strategizes development accordingly. It might be more difficult to develop for Android than other platforms (though, personally, I found it easier because of my previous experience with Java) but with the slightest of research, you know when you first start what you’re getting yourself into. And, anyway, other than apps that have specific hardware-platform requirements, developing for Android is far easier than web-development.

Also, Animoca goes on to mention that one of their biggest problems is the throngs of entry-level phones accessible in China. This is a problem specific to a few regions (exclusively developing countries, such as India too). And it’s a good thing these phones are obtainable, because they have brought down the price of smartphones to such a degree that nearly everyone can now afford to skip feature phone

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