Android’s biggest flaw: fragmentation

I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard of Android right? If you haven’t, I’d like you to review your life up to this point. I’m genuinely concerned for your sanity. In all seriousness, Android is a platform that has grown exponentially over the past couple of years and it took a long time for it to become the operating system that we all know and love.

Now, with over 1.4 billion users worldwide, Android is kinda accountable to us on the way it operates and Google is doing everything it can to keep this brilliant platform running smoothly and securely. Google obtained Android in 2005 and has been polishing it ever since, and it has matured to be one of the largest operating systems in the world. But, it is not without its flaws. There is only one weakness Android possesses. One major flaw. A curse, if you will.

I’m talking, of course, about fragmentation.

So, what is fragmentation?

The definition of the word must give you a pretty clear idea of what’s going on.

the process or state of breaking or being broken into fragments.

And for Android, that is literally what’s going on. The whole of the Android platform is breaking down into little crumbs of devices. You see, there are around 24,093 distinct Android devices in the wild, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. With that many devices, mother Google cannot take care of each specific device. That responsibility lies with the OEM (or Original Equipment Manufacturers).

Sure, the numbers are a good sign that Android is widely accepted and most OEMs generally resort to it for whatever device they manufacture. But, this means that Android is not completely optimized for whatever device it may be running on. Not in the sense that Google wants, anyway. And this is why fragmentation is a bad thing.

Sure, fragmentation gives us a bit of diversity when it comes to choosing our device, and we should be allowed to choose whatever we like. But, the issue here is that the problem has risen to unsustainable levels. As the saying goes: too much of a good thing is… a bad thing.

What are the issues that this problem has given rise to?

Software fragmentation

There are a lot of devices out there, and I’ve been ranting about this point since the beginning of this article. And this raises the issue to ...

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