Apple's "fragmentation" chart says more about iOS than Android

Today, Apple released the image that it used during its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote to "prove" that there was no fragmentation in iOS compared to the "problem" with Android. Of course, this is the narrative that Apple wants, and it is maddening how often this argument keeps popping up, and how often the media runs with the flashy headline rather than explaining the issue as it is...
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59 Comments

24. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Michael, great analysis as usual. When I heard about the laundry list of iOS 7 features that would not be useable on the iPhone 4 (which will still be sold until September), it became much clearer where the real fragmentation is. Unfortunately these outdated misconceptions (iOS is the most stable, there is no iOS fragmentation, Android is fragmented, Android is laggy, WP has no apps nor games) take years to dispel.

37. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

People are inherently lazy, and re-evaluating preconceptions is hard work. I just try to make the process easier.

46. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

That and it's hard to get past the natural human inclination towards an Us vs Them mentality predicated on the whole, "What I choose is both inherently & virtuously right and therefore anyone that chooses similar to me is also right, but so help me from smiting all you heathenous blasphemers for going against me by choosing something different!"

48. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

I have been saying this forever since Google released Google play services its been so obvious that putting there core apps in the play store and using Google play services to introduce new features like game sync,achievements etc is googles way of updating android without updating the actual is number...soon it will be irrelevant what version of android you are as most features will be added via apps and Google play services..Google been separating there apps from the os and done this most recently with the Google stock keyboard and already doing it with gmail,maps,music etc and am pretty sure soon the stock camera, peoples and messaging will be available on the play store too. So when new features etc are addes , you won't need the latest update ,just an update via play store and behind the scene updates via play services will be enough...apple can claim they have the most users with the the latest update but imo that don't mean much if they can't experience the newest features. When apple before iOS 7 updated, they added features to mail,safari or siri etc and called it a new OS, Google do the same on a regular basis adding features to Google now ,chrome etc all via an app..I know which I prefer.

26. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Excellent article... Thank you Mike. However, i still have one question... You say screen resolution is the major parameter, now just going by that... an app designed for iphone5 will render full screen (atleast vertically) on an ipad2... which i think is not the case.. so does the DPI also come into picture?

35. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

DPI and screen resolution are essentially two sides of the same coin, but DPI is more a concern for websites, but I'm talking more about apps.

29. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I guess I missed the announcement to welcome Phone Arena's Google Apologist-In Residence. Welcome, Michael. Your blind defense of Google, no matter the situation, will play well with most of the base.

31. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Always nice to be called a Google Apologist after laying out all of the problems with Android...

39. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

When you criticize Google (your own preferred mobile OS), you're being honest. When you criticize someone else's preferred OS, you're trolling or being a Google apologist. You can't win with fanboys, but I give you points for trying.

56. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

He just call 'em how he sees 'em and that why I continue to come here! Someone sounds a little butt-hurt that a person would dare say something negative about Apple or iOS. You must not come to this site very often do you? There are plenty of site on the web that will do nothing but praise Apple no matter what they do, you might want to frequent those sites instead.

30. ilia1986 unregistered

Awesome article, Michael. It's also extremely pleasant to see the iPhoneArena of 2011 and 2012 becoming PhoneArena this year (come on, don't deny that there wasn't a lot of pro-apple bias on this site coming from writers, on those years. Bias which thankfully seems to be gone by now). :)

33. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I didn't start here until late 2011, but I have to say, I didn't see a bias in our writing so much as the readership. When I started, most of our readers were mostly Apple fans, and that has now shifted towards our readership being mostly Android fans.

38. ilia1986 unregistered

Believe me it was bad. Really bad. But I'm just happy to see things change on this website. Nowadays it seems the fanboy war is Samsung vs Sony vs HTC...

40. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I was here in 2010-2011. It wasn't much better or worse than now, except now there is a crapton more Galaxy S coverage, which to a non-fan could seem like bias. And both then and now, Michael wrote the most insightful pieces.

41. ilia1986 unregistered

Yes he did. Mostly. I am talking about other editors primarily.

58. Dadler22

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

its the two year contract refresh period michael. LOL

34. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You mean that you're glad they are pro-Android now.

36. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The news is dominated by Android. We don't make the news, we just report it.

42. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Maybe you should go back and find the PA article about bias. It clearly spells out the bias lies within PA's users and not so much the writers. I thought that anyways from the start but it was nice to see PA speak out about it. The iPhonearena was BS from the start.

44. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Hey! That sounds like something I wrote!

49. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

More importantly, you carried on a whole conversation about it in the comments. I respect you for "rolling up your sleeves" so to speak and wading into the messy, fanboy-infested waters to try and get us thinking. It's easy enough to post a review or an op-ed, but not every author here responds when people have reasonable critiques of their work.

57. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I have been here since October of 2010, and yes the readership was, and continues to be, the source for most any bias. There are exceptions, but come on- the writers have beliefs too. They wouldn't be fighting to do this for a living if they didn't. Right now, Android dominates the marketshare and the hearts and minds of most posters. Apple has had it's day, but now only a few die hards are left standing. I agree with roldefol @ comment #40- a lot more brand bias creeping in these days. I have a few WP fans with me... need some BlackBerry fans back on this site to keep everything interesting.

32. Arpad

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

This cleared up allot for me! Thanks for the article. To bad that it's harder to find data on IOs devices.

50. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

All I know is its funny Apple and their fans throw the F word at Android, when iOS has its own version of the F word...

54. crazymonkey05

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Well apple is clearly doing stuff wrong and so is Google but they also have their advantages like apple has a HUGE fan populous that will follow them blindly.....and Google has developers that create amazing things like cyanogenmod and aokp.....I know that sounds biased but its true! What are some things that apple accels at that android devices haven't already had? A little i in front of their name? Anyways that's my view on things and good job Michael on a wonderfully read and sparking a fanboy war

59. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

Well written analysis, Apple is slowly killing itself by its greed who intends to control and dominate almost every aspect of their smartphone, from software (IOS limitation and etc.) to hardware (lighting adapter and etc.), but Apple's great success in marketing will still able to save Apple for a while, I guess.

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