Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Dec 2013 11:05 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

PhoneArena's Micheal H. addresses an article at Forbes:

The conclusion may sound redundant at this point, but it is fairly simple: if you want to have a discussion about Android and iOS (and there are plenty of incredibly interesting discussions to be had), think about the issues you want to cover, and break each down on their own terms. Trying to bundle arguments under and umbrella term like "fragmentation" is just lazy and it holds very little meaning at this point.

At the end of the day, I always get the feeling that the people yelling the loudest about "fragmentation" are people on the sidelines, who've never coded for Android at all. That's not to say it's not a problem at all - it's just to say that it's an area where the competition does a better job. Android's device diversity certainly creates additional challenges for Android developers, much in the same way that Apple's inconsistent App Store policies creates additional challenges for iOS developers.

Each platform has its weaknesses, but none have been as aggressively made larger than it really seems to be than Android's supposed fragmentation. Unravelling this positive feedback loop among these bloggers should make for fascinating material.

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RE[5]: Not a developer indeed
by qbast on Mon 16th Dec 2013 17:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Not a developer indeed"
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I am in the same boat. This is very simple question: how the hell do I stream video to android devices? HLS would be great, but it works properly only in 4+. And by "properly" I mean very basic support - for example it will not ignore non-supported streams based on CODECS field (this would really help). RTSP ? Non-adaptive and some mobile networks block it. Then you have differences in device capabilities - what bitrate they support, what h264 profile and level. And let's not forget manufacturer-specific bugs - for some reason every manufacturer feels great need to replace some media libraries/parts of system player. So no, complains about fragmentation do not come only from Apple fanboys.

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