An Android Becoming More Fragmented, a Vision of The Market by 2015

As it has been growing Android, one of the arguments that has been more used to criticize the operating system Google is the fragmentation. Increasingly there are more devices with very different hardware and needs… All this, of course, not to mention updates, the rhyme of each manufacturer or the zero effort to bring their creations to date. Indeed, Android is a split platform and more and more.

A study of OpenSignal draws us a map of How is part of the Android world in these moments. A picture is worth a thousand words and the picture that heads the post shows the number of devices from there and, depending on the size, units of each but go beyond these geometric shapes, to more specific data.

Fragmented but dominated by Samsung

In the study by OpenSignal, 682.000 devices has been taken as a sign. A figure more than enough to draw with some precision the picture that it is made up of the ever-expanding world Android. In total, this year they have been 24.093 gadgets with Android. A significant amount if last year appeared on the radar 18.796.

As you can see in the picture, Samsung occupies a privileged place and many of the most popular Android devices are Koreans, specifically the S3, S4, S5 Galaxy. If we are going to more specific data we see that 37.8% of the sample are devices from this manufacturer.

How many manufacturers are making Android devices? By 2015 have released a total of 1.294. We are not talking about models, but companies different doing mobile, tablets, set top box, computers… The figure is amazing and there are so many, it is impossible there is fragmentation in the platform.

On the more dominant version, there are few surprises: KitKat remains which have more share, followed by a Lollipop that increasingly grows more but still walk away if the reference. Figures that presents this consultant are similar to which they have recently seen by Google, almost 20% of Lollipop.

While it is true that there is much fragmentation updates, Google has tried to solve this problem with the APIS and Google Play Services. That is the same, create a “patch” to bring part of the more modern functions to mobile phones not as advanced. It is a good solution, but the problem is that the latest version of the APIs become few devices. According to this study only more than 40%.

A curious fact of the study is the use of sensors. What is most found in devices are gyroscopes in second place we have to those who recognize our movements. Striking barometers growth in recent years as well as the steps for quantification and sporting activity services and applications.

Learning to live with the fragmentation

The week past Benedict Evans, a well-known analyst in the technology sector, spoke of how the smartphone was the new Sun. A metaphor which speaks about How has the mobile phone come to all the sites in the world. No matter the social, economic condition or the country. They are devices that have been known to adapt to almost any circumstance and situation and there, Android has part of the success.

With fully closed platforms would have been impossible to achieve this objective. Android, with its many virtues and defects, has helped that the phone is something that reaches so many people. Aren’t the only ones who give him credit but the contribution of Google’s mobile operating system.

The fragmentation is there and no one is going to put an end to them. It is problematic, but it is also necessary to continue to allow hardware manufacturers have an affordable software and the sufficiently versatile for use in all kinds of devices. When you have more than 1,200 companies making gadgets with your platform, it is inevitable.

Last year Google has been used “Together, not the same” as motto of Android. A phrase quite successful and although the devices are different, at the end they are part of one big family, though sometimes it may not seem it.