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    Long ago, when Google was a rising star giving "everything" away for free, Apple was busy revolutionizing the mobile industry with the iPhone. Google fought back, not by creating the "Google Phone", but by acquiring the Android operating system, spinning up a consortium of carriers, OEMs, and technology providers, and rolling out a massive initiative that has finally surpassed Apple in number of handsets in use. That strategy, and the momentum behind it, has one flaw that self-professed pundits continue to proclaim: Android fragmentation. Android Fragmentation There are really two types ...

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    There are two numbers that are quite telling of the state of the mobile playing field these days: the amount of Android-powered smartphones and tablets compared to iOS-powered devices, and the numbers of devices that each version of Android is being used on. These are two very dissimilar topics, but they're very intertwined. Let's jump right in! What is the state of Android fragmentation today, and why does it mean that Android may have already won? First, what do I mean by Android "fragmentation". Not long ago we talked about how, from one perspective, fragmentation doesn't really matter, ...

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    It seems like every time a new version of iOS or Android is announced, we hear the same mantra of "Android fragmentation" coming from various media outlets and fan-boys. I'll be the first to admit, there are several versions of Android running on literally hundreds of models of Android-powered phones and tablets compared to only a very small percentage of iOS users running anything other than the latest version. But iOS suffers from something potentially worse: feature fragmentation. Feature Fragmentation From this year's WWDC we learned quite a bit about iOS 7. It looks interesting, but ...

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