Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 18:52 UTC
In the News News Corp. has just announced its iPad-only newspaper The Daily will be closed down. What do you know, a platform-specific publication fails in the internet era. I totally did not see this coming at all. Times are changing, people. Platform-specific is so 2007.
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jared_wilkes
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2011-04-25

Nonsense. The Daily is a large format-only tablet app. Back in January of this year, what are the numerous Android 10" tablets that The Daily should have been made for? Before this year, what should The Daily have been targeting for 10" tablets? The fact is: the vast majority of Android apps that target tablets largely only support a small number of devices because they're the only ones being sold in any number (and even than not very well compared to iPads).

To say, this isn't a fragmentation is beyond reason: every single day an app developer decides to target a subset of Android devices and they state the reasoning being that it is too costly and expensive to try to support all of the devices across all of the versions. That is the definition of fragmentation.

Also, I post a clear refutation of Thom's claim from nearly a year ago, but do I know if The Daily remains exclusively supported on the Tab or that it doesn't actually run on non-supported tablets? No, because I don't care. But I've already done about 200% more fact checking on this story than the person who wrote it so I'll leave that to you and everyone else who disagrees with me...

Edited 2012-12-03 22:24 UTC

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Back in January of this year, what are the numerous Android 10" tablets that The Daily should have been made for?


There were a couple of Asus Transformer tablets, and at least one or two from Acer as well, along with the Motorola Xoom. I don't know what other ones were out at the time. What I do know is that the Transformer Prime was the 'flagship' tablet when it was first released.

Based on the text of the link, it says the paper was available through 'select tablets on Verizon wireless', which leads me to believe that it wouldn't have worked on a wifi-only Galaxy Tab. That sounds like somebody struck a deal, rather than some sort of technically-based fragmentation issue.

BTW: I'm not saying that it failed because it wasn't widely available on Android, and probably would've flopped even if it were.

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

The fact is: the vast majority of Android apps that target tablets largely only support a small number of devices because they're the only ones being sold in any number


Ooooh, a fact? Okay then, name one (waiting....).

Also, I post a clear refutation of Thom's claim from nearly a year ago


No, it's clear that - like most iFanboys - you were just determined to flog that "Android fragmentation" dead horse, relevancy be damned. So you cherry-picked a single minor detail, found a single exception to fixate on, and now you're trying to pretend that you've won some kind of significant victory.

If that weren't pathetic enough, you're also trying to pretend that fragmentation due to technical issues is the same thing as "fragmentation" due to exclusivity agreements. That's on par with trying to criticize Microsoft for the fact that Final Cut "Pro" doesn't run on Windows.

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