Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2012 21:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless An interesting study has been making the rounds across the web these past 24 hours. The creators of OpenSignalMaps have been logging which new devices download their product, and they've collected data on 681900 devices. The results are... Diverse.
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RE: "Fragmentation"
by Laurence on Thu 17th May 2012 09:52 UTC in reply to ""Fragmentation""
Laurence
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2007-03-26


Anyone ever read of angry Windows-developers, complaining about the "Fragmentation" of Windows, that they have to support versions from XP to 7 running on Netbooks to 40" TVs.
Or the "Fragmentation" of the web, that they have to support different formfactors and not only different versions of standards, but several implementations of those (even without IE it's not easy).

Yes, actually. all the time.

The diversity of platforms is offen held as an excuse for Windows' stability problems of the past when compared with OS X.

And the diversity of browsers (and incompatibilities between them) has been a HUGE topic of debate. You'd have to be living in a cave to miss all those arguments!


EDIT: This was not meant to be a request to be disproven. Of course there are articles of complaining web and windows devs, but those are not nearly as prominent as the Android fragmentation story nowadays

Nice get out clause ;)

You don't hear about complaints in regards to PC platforms because things have been relatively stable for the last few years. However once Win8 arrives on desktops, things will be shaken up again and you'll get a whole new set of topics relating to this issue (just as there was during the transition from XP -> Vista and 9x -> NT).

As for web standards, I think they still are argued more than mobile platforms (remember the countless posts on here about just the <video> tag alone?)

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RE[2]: "Fragmentation"
by orsg on Thu 17th May 2012 10:44 in reply to "RE: "Fragmentation""
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2011-02-09

Yes, actually. all the time. [...] You'd have to be living in a cave to miss all those arguments!

I didn't say, that there are no arguments, but
- they don't use this exact phrase "fragmentation". the different naming suggests, that this is something special for android, but in fact it's the same issue you have on other platforms, that consist of more than 5 devices as well
- nobody draws the conclusion, that his web/windows thing is inherently doomed because if its diversity.

Edited 2012-05-17 10:45 UTC

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RE[3]: "Fragmentation"
by Laurence on Thu 17th May 2012 11:18 in reply to "RE[2]: "Fragmentation""
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

1/ Maybe not the term "fragmentation" specifically, but there's still arguments about essentially the same topic.

I suspect this might be the same point you're making, however I'm a little confused about your point. Why the emphasis on the term "fragmentation" when the discussions are equivalent?

2/ That is very true.

Edited 2012-05-17 11:19 UTC

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