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Friday, May 18, 2012

Android Fragmentation, Visualized

I came across a really interesting post by the folks over at OpenSignalMaps on Android Fragmentation today. Over a period of 6 months, OpenSignalMaps logged over 681,900 new devices that downloaded their app, from over 195 countries, and created visualizations of the fragmentation within the Android ecosystem. You can read the entirety of the post here, but I found the two maps below really telling.

This visualization represents the 599 distinct brands that OpenSignalMaps tracked in their study

 
This visualization represents the 3,997 distinct devices that OpenSignalMaps tracked in their study
Really gives you a perspective of the problem Google is dealing with; doesn't it?