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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RE[5]: Almost completely wrong
by Laurence on Tue 4th Dec 2012 11:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Almost completely wrong"
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"It's like blaming Apple if an app is available only for the 3G version of iPad 2 with 32 GB flash.

Funny though, that has never happened, but Android apps specifically limit support to individual devices all the time. I guess Android developers are just "stupid and arbitrary" and it has nothing at all to do with fragmentation, right?

It usually happens because of licensing deals (eg different Android partners competing for individuality by obtaining exclusivity for x, y and z).

As someone who's written a few Android apps in the past, I can tell you that the "fragmentation" isn't half as big of an issue as many make out. Or at least not on the standard paradigms (phones and tablets). AFAIK none of my apps have ever ran on the more abstract of Android-powered devices.

You see, Android's SDK was written to take such things into account (unlike how iOS, which couldn't cope with even the basics like differing aspect ratios). So while it does take a little more time refining an Android app for multiple platforms, it's still possible and done so daily by the vast majority of Android developers.

In fact I still use one of my Android 2.2 apps daily on a host of tablets and phones running Android 4.0. I'd long since lost the source code and never bothered to rewrite it as it still runs so well.

However please don't assume I'm trying to gloat about how everything is perfect; I'm not saying there isn't fragmentation on Android, but I think many haters love to exaggerate the problem (much like how Apple haters loved to exaggerate the issues of the iPhone 5 carbon casing getting scratched or the left-handed reception issues on the iPhone 4).

tl;dr: 99% of Android developers manage just fine. The examples you're thinking of are largely where licensing deals are struck as different Android partners compete for individuality.

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