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The point everyone seems to be missing


Nov 7, 2013, 1:00 PM
Is that all OS's have fragmentation and that Android isn't really any worse than the rest of them. iOS has a similar level of fragmentation. Apple people just like to hide it in the charts. Windows is majorly fragmented with a significant number of users on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and various versions of Windows Server, not to mention the various patches, security updates, and Service Packs that exist for all of those. But you never hear anyone talking about it.

And then there's Linux(yes I realize Android is Linux), possibly the most fragmented OS - ever. And no one is complaining about it . In fact, fragmentation is the very thing that has made Linux both awesome and successful.

Heck the only significant OS I know of wit...

Nov 10, 2013, 2:37 AM
Well, let's look at some facts.

1) Linux (traditional builds such as Ubuntu, etc.) has practically no consumer desktop adoption. (Rightly so, desktop Linux has not kept pace with OSX and Windows.) Its penetration is limited to server applications. And it's actually not that fragmented where it's used most - the LAMP configuration.

2) OSX's market share is not iOS's market share. If you're going to group them together, Apple is the largest computer manufacturer. (See ot-of-computer-market-with-and-without-the-ip ad/ ) .

3) You realize Google is so upset by Android fragmentation that Google now injects their own updates directly onto devices through the play services bundle. ...

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