Android Fragmentation is a hot topic because of the slow roll out of Android 4.0
The discussions regarding Ice Cream Sandwich and the extremely slow roll out of Android 4.0 continue to drag on. Here we are moving towards the end of the 5th month of the year and Android 4.0 has yet to break into double digits for usage. This is really magnifying the situation far more than it would otherwise become due to the slow uptake on getting access to Android 4.0. All of this does not look like it is going to be resolved anytime soon. The proliferation of the problem continues and may get a lot worse as the next version of the Google OS, Jelly Bean, begins to grow closer to its arrival.
With Android 4.0 having a 4.9% share across all Android versions, based on Google’s own developer site, at the beginning of the month makes for a problematic situation. It would appear that this issue is going to continue for a while due to all the various steps in getting Android from Google to the manufacturers, then the wireless carriers and finally to the consumers. Where the problem lies along this path is a being debated and one consideration is the role wireless carriers play in the delay. It is really starting to look like there is no quick fix. This is talking about how tough it is for consumers to get an update in a timely manner.
Then there are the companies which develop the apps which run on all the Android devices, or at least a good size percentage of them. Based on information coming from Open Signal Maps, things become exponentially worse for developers. Based on the information they are providing, there are 3,997 unique Android devices which they have to code for. That number seems to be very high and shows you just how difficult it becomes when your app has to take a manufactured device into consideration and handle the associated code. It gives you an idea of the high volume of items which must be addressed.
Others are pointing out similar problems with the high number of devices which are capable of running Android and then the issue of a number of different versions of Android which must be support on each device. It makes for something which seems to be approaching the absurd, though there will be some who disagree with that statement. The idea of Android Fragmentation getting resolved this year is far fetched, but one which continues to prove itself out each and every day as ICS moves slowly to devices. When the next OS finally arrives, will there still be Android phones waiting to get Ice Cream Sandwich? It sure looks like that will be the case.
Do you see any solution to this growing problem?