Before CEO Tim Cook handed over the iOS 7introduction chores to other Apple execs at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference, he took a moment to slag Android and its OS fragmentation in an appeal for the hearts and minds of developers.
Google has made a change to the terms and conditions of the Android SDK (software development kit) to explicitly prohibit developers from taking any action that may lead to the fragmentation of Android.
It has been sixteen months since the first Android Phone entered the market. Since, then Google has released four major versions of the Operating System. These frequent major updates are the cause of Android's fragmentation issue, with hardly any new smartphone running on the latest Android.
Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, said Google is closing its once open ecosystem as Android faces increased fragmentation. Elop was discussing the company’s 4th quarter earnings at a press conference when the topic turned to Google.
Microsoft just can’t seem to get away from fragmentation. Over the years Windows has fragmented into more SKUs than you can shake a stick at. Same with Office. Now Microsoft is betting that fragmenting its mobile platform into four or five different operating systems is the right way to go.
As much as Google's Dan Morrill, open source and compatibility program manager in the Android team, might want to argue that "fragmentation" of the Android platform is "bogeyman, a red herring, a story you tell to frighten junior developers," it's also very real.