re: What iOS 6 Says About Mobile Fragmentation
To be fair here, this is not un-expected. Devices get out dated, the requirements to run new software on old hardware plateau the device.
This is only more prevalent on Android because the technology for those devices moves so fast, hardware is outdated quickly.
I agree that more android manufacturers need to design their devices to last for longer updates, but in no way does fragmentation count as a reason why one platform is better than another.
Dudeman44 above made a good point, in reference to the windows/iPad example. A android phone that launched 4 years ago was running android 1.6 (HTC Hero for example). It now can only run android 2.1 or lower now. Is it because the maker or carrier doesn't want to bother with it? No. Is it because the phone sucks and and should be used as an over sized paperweight? No. It's because the phone cannot handle the processing power/capabilities of the new software.Android is more pronounced because of all the choices in hardware you can buy. A feature that one phone can do, might not be available on another. So, the phone that can not use that feature is now "fragmented" because it can't do it.
The 7% of devices running the latest android OS is definately abysmal. But, again your talking about the entire Android ecosystem. Your basically saying that the cheap devices that were made to only run android 2.0 are the same as the commercial high end devices that run 4.0.3 now. You can't expect some device used by a warehouse somewhere running android is the same as the new nexus in my pocket. That's two different worlds, two different applications of the product, but yet they are the same?
The same applies to the old iPhone and iPad. The software is simply not supported by the hardware anymore. Apple did a very good job though of only limiting the "fragmentation" to only 2 or 3 devices. Kudos there.
But you cannot claim Android, iOS or Windows Phone to be better or worse based on this "issue". It will always be there no matter what device you buy.
The article has many good points and I think it does a pretty good job of explaining why fragmentation exists. But I also think that it shows Apple only really cares about profit margins and keeping the shareholders happy, which is important, but this should not be a technology companies ultimate goal. Innovation and new technology should. Unfortunately, the only new technology to come out in the WWDC was the new Passbook feature, which I find really cool by the way.