Android Market Fragmenting

Strength, weakness


The fragmentation of the Android market is both a strength and a weakness for users and developers, according to a new report by Open Signal.

On the one hand, it can be difficult to find and make apps that function across the entire Androidecosystem, while on the other hand there are literally thousands of options to choose from. Not only is the Android ecosystem fragmented by operating system—such as Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Gingerbread—it's also chock full of different devices made by dozens of brands.