I'm happy with fragmentation. It means we as customers and as developers have choice. We can have tiny devices or huge devices or devices with really weird screen resolutions or unusual hardware features. We can have built-in hardware keyboards if we want them, or not. We can have giant batteries, or not. We can use SD cards if we want. We can use Android on a TV in our living room or in a car computer for navigation and media or in our phones or our watches or anything else we want. We don't need permission. We won't be sued for using Android the way we want. As a customer, you can buy an Android device in nearly any configuration you'd like. As a developer, you can take Android and turn it into something beautiful for your customers. As a hardware engineer, you can put Android in your creations and do something no one has ever done before. It doesn't matter that Google runs the Android project; we all own the GPL/Apache-licensed code and can do anything we want. Even if Google turned evil, we can just fork the code and keep going forward. Even if Samsung or HTC or Motorola turned stupid, we can just get our hardware from someone else without losing our software investment. Even if every manufacturer on the planet stopped supporting Android, we can support Android ourselves. There is nothing to stop us from doing what we want, how we want, where we want. This is why I love Android, Linux, and open source software. And this is why I'll never use a proprietary operating system on any device I own ever again.
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- I edited to include Apache. My bad. Thanks for the note.May 16, 2012
- You insisted on this debate and now you've just quit like that, eh? I'm disappointed. You are using old references as backup and I never said "idiot". I also never said there are only pros. I said that it's better this way.May 16, 2012
- I am devoloping a few lines of codes that display some informations about public local services in my country.
These few lines of codes are working :-) 100% on these 3,000 different Android devices.
I wrote the same code on iOS for 6 devices and i am not even sure that will pass some tests where I may be blocked because screenshots are not totally accurate.
Please tell me why I should prefer the 27% market share device compared to 51% market share and growing really faster then your iStuff?May 16, 2012
- I didn't vet the percentage, but I presume that is talking about mobile OS share, not tablet share.May 17, 2012
- By now I've lost what the point is. All I've gained from this conversation is that you "see" both sides, which I don't know quite what you mean by that. You say there are pros and there are cons. But what I don't understand is if you're saying this because you believe the cons are more weighty than the pros as to recommend avoiding Android or if you're saying something different. I don't understand what your actual goal is for this conversation.May 17, 2012
- I read that just now and I know what you're saying, but there really isn't anything to say in response. There are pros and there are cons. But in the end, I do believe that in the case with Android the pros outweigh the cons by quite a large margin. If developers have a problem supporting a non-homogenized ecosystem then they can happily go support an ecosystem that is owned and controlled by a single company. But that ecosystem will not be sustainable in the long run. I'm not aware of any proprietary system that has so many customers (which means airplanes don't count) that has survived as a closed proprietary system like Apple requires. Eventually the control will be broken up due to customer demand, governmental demand, or successful competition. Maybe there is success right now in that system, but I promise that it will not continue indefinitely.May 17, 2012