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Angry Birds developer talks about Android fragmentation

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Angry Birds developer talks about Android fragmentation
We've all heard the arguments about Android fragmentation. While iOS is limited to the iPhone, Android comes in all different flavors on a wide range of devices. So are developers hampered by the more complicated platform? Peter Vesterbacka, co-developer of Angry Birds, thinks not.

In an interview with Tech n' Marketing, Vesterbacka addressed the contentious issue of Android fragmentation. He concluded that although the ecosystem is more difficult for developers, it's not a deal-breaker of a problem. Angry Birds may have found fame with iOS, but Vesterbacka shows no bias.

Addressing Steve Jobs' comments on fragmentation, Vesterbacka said that "Fragmentation on the device side is not a huge problem, but Steve is absolutely right when he says that there are more challenges for developers when working with Android. But that’s fine, developers will figure out how to work any given ecosystem and as long as it doesn’t cause physical pain, it’s ok;-)"

He went on to explain that fragmentation is more of an issue for mobile devices as a whole, rather than just Android. With MeeGo, webOS, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry, Android, and iOS, developers are forced to consider all possible operating system requirements. We'd prefer to think of fragmentation as 'OS diversity'.

While it might seem unfair that a certain app is unavailable for one OS or another, we have to remember that OS diversity is to our advantage. Beyond the power of choice, OS diversity increases competition, making for faster improvements and updates for the end user. If everyone had an iPhone, what would motivate Apple to improve iOS?

source: Tech n' Marketing via IntoMobile

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posted on 28 Dec 2010, 23:38

1. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

why no one ever mention symbian any more? its still the most used mobile OS.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 00:59

11. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

At the rate that Nokia users are diminishing Symbian won't be the most used OS for long. the OS is living off of past victory and hasn't done much to bring something refreshing to the mobile market.

posted on 28 Dec 2010, 23:50

2. Mirthrindir (unregistered)

Thanks for the article. That is really encouraging that a famous developer would come out and be supportive of what is probably Android's greatest weakness.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 00:15

3. tuminatr (Posts: 861; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

or strength, depends on how you look at it. the ability to Make It Yours if you are a carrier or manufacturer could be a big deal in the future.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 00:17

4. tuminatr (Posts: 861; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

oh and no one mentions Symbian because it not the most popular smart phone OS. Nokia counts all phone that use symbian even non smart phones in that figure

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 00:43

5. psn1819 (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

I might be jumping the gun..but maybe this might mean angry birds could be on WP7 soon..

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 01:45

6. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

With angry birds coming to xbl arcade, psnetwork and dsi/wii ware I think it's just a matter of time before wp7 sees it. Does anyone know if it is available for BB os yet?

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 03:52

7. PANOS1983 (unregistered)

Yeah the symbian is the most used phone OS in africa and asia

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 08:16

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

for good programmers fragmentation is not a wall but an escalator, when they are hight up they can see the open skies and reach for infinity.... don't think you cant because its challenging think you can beat the challenge and make it work in your favor.


this is still not an excuse to stop searching for an fix for OS fragmentation on any OS. but should also entourage any company to bring at least two major updates to a device as fast as they can... looking forward this 2011

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 11:08 1

9. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

Last sentence is key.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 17:42

10. johnabis (unregistered)

Symbian is a joke, how many apps are available for it? there is a reason why Nokia is also losing market share in Asia now as well...

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 02:09

12. Shirley (unregistered)

I think last comment make sense!

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