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Android’s Crazy-Quilt Syndrome

There’s no question that Android is fragmented. OpenSignal has counted nearly 11,900 distinct Android devices so far this year, compared with fewer than 4,000 last year. It is not only the device market that’s fragmented, but also the OS itself. There are eight versions of Android currently in use. Developers have to work harder to support Android because they have to make decisions around screen sizes, OS generations and specific devices to support but on the other hand the level of competition among Android device makers has driven prices to such a point where it’s possible for many to get a smartphone when they couldn’t have otherwise afforded one.

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