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04-04-2013, 10:40 PM #1
Roughly Half of Android Users Won't Get Facebook Home due to Fragmentation
During the unveiling of Facebook Home, Mark Zuckerberg said that the “openness” of Google’s Android platform is what made the Home experience possible. What wasn’t mentioned was the fact that due to the fragmented nature of the Android market, nearly half of all Android users won’t even be able to run its new Home feature to begin with.
Facebook Home won’t run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread or lower, a fact which was revealed in a question-and-answer session following Home’s unveiling. Gingerbread, which was initially released in February of 2011, is still the Android version for roughly 40% of the Android install base according to Google’s most recent figures. Roughly 7% run an even older version of the operating system.
The other roughly 53% of Android devices running either version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or versions 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean will supposedly be able to run Facebook Home but not until sometime after its launch. Zuckerberg pointed out both during and after the Home presentation that the launch will be reserved to six devices initially which include: the HTC One and One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, S4, Note II, and the recently revealed HTC First, which is said to be optimized for the Facebook home experience. It was also mentioned that the launcher won’t be available for Android tablets until sometime after its launch as well.
Facebook Home was said to better suited for Google since Apple controls both the hardware and software underlying its iOS devices, therefore having a much smaller set of configurations to develop for. Unfortunately, Google makes Android available to a wide array of manufacturers and some of them are diligent in updating their devices to recent versions of Android but a large number aren’t. Due to either technical limitations or fiscal infeasibility, hundreds of millions of Android devices are running a now two-year outdated version of the operating system.
This fragmentation among the Android install base has proved to be a significant problem for Android developers as they have to program their apps not only to account for a vast array of hardware configurations but also to account for 40% of their potential audience using a two year old operating system. Google has taken some steps to address the fragmentation issue but the issue remains at large. In the meantime, Facebook Home seems like it would be very limited.
04-04-2013, 11:38 PM #2
There is just as much "fragmentation" in the iOS field, older devices are left in the dark on future OS releases because Apple "feels" it won't run right, when through jailbreaking and hacking it has been proven otherwise.
04-04-2013, 11:48 PM #3
Older as in what? 3Gs? That phone is 4+ years old now? There are millions of android phones less than 2 years old that aren't updated. Slight difference....
04-04-2013, 11:48 PM #4
Yeah.. Iphone original and 3g, 2 out of five models have older ios.
What comparison! 3gs has been getting updates for 4 years in a row now..
Feel lucky if s3 gets another update beyond jb.. Hahaha..
U android fanboys have such lame arguments..
04-04-2013, 11:49 PM #5
04-04-2013, 11:51 PM #6
"This fragmentation among the Android install base has proved to be a significant problem for Android developers as they have to program their apps not only to account for a vast array of hardware configurations but also to account for 40% of their potential audience using a two year old operating system. "
LOL total BS. If you ever check the API levels, there are way more API's on higher versions of android than 2.3 alone. Facebook Home won't be "limited". And trust me, Android Developers don't face that as a significant "problem". You're joking right? Head over to X D A and see for yourselves.
I feel like just because you guys are an Apple based website, you guys think Android is such a bad "fragmented" OS when in reality iOS has the same issue, but it is more "polished" to not be like that.
Get your facts straight. Both OS's have their pros and cons. Android has fragmentation, and so does iOS. It is fact.
And trust me, people will get facebook home to work on many, many more devices. Android is open source, you can port almost everything to a phone with the right coding practice.
And by the way, yes, I used to be a hardcore apple fan boy. I know the OS, and trust me, iOS is by far the lamest OS when it comes to being open source and allowing customization. for iDevices you need to wait months to jailbreak. For android, you need to wait mere hours to get root. It's just that easy.
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04-04-2013, 11:53 PM #7
04-04-2013, 11:55 PM #8
So you mean a brand new piece of code won't run on a generation of Android devices older than 2 years? Man what a bummer. Clearly the downfall of the Android OS.
What you mean we can't run Angry Birds Star Wars on iOS 4? Who would of thunk it - fragmentation exists on iOS just the same in that regard. Obviously the bias leads to a misleading article.
What's more disturbing is 47% of Android devices aren't even running ICS? You wonder why people bad mouth the OS. It' evolved tenfold in the last 2-3 years. Their loss I guess.
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04-05-2013, 12:00 AM #9
U talk about choices while talking abt android, right?
Well u have hardware choices, we have the choice for the latest software. And we all know that there isnt much hardware innovation left to do as of now..
Upgrade to the latest os in case u have a non antique phone.
Or buy a new one.. Who is using iphone 3g these days anyway?
But is that the case with androids.
DO U HAVE THE CHOICE TO UPGRADE?
Awww.. Poor third world cellphone users!
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04-05-2013, 12:04 AM #10
04-05-2013, 12:08 AM #11
And then later realize that because the os wasnt made for the phone, its more glitchy than ever!
Its okay. If android makes you happy, stick with it.
We anyway dont want people like you rooting for apple cuz then the real, bright fan boys and the company would lose its credibility.
But its better not to do anything than make a video pause by looking away and call THAT innovation.
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04-05-2013, 12:16 AM #12
Get back to me when iOS 7 comes out and finally allows you to move your icons where you want without a jailbreak lol.
It's ok if you like living in Apple's closed garden, thats no problem.
I remember being a hardcore apple fanboy like you thinking that Android is such a weak OS. I was dead wrong when I switched. Never looking back to iOS until it plays catch up with Androids open garden of widgets,launchers,customization,tweaks, etc. The list goes on.
You don't have to agree with me, which I know you won't.
It's my opinion and you have your own too.
Me- The person who played with both OS's for months and owned 2 smartphones with each OS.
You- Owned every apple product, and probably played with android a few times in your life.
Pausing a video by looking away? Something iPhone's can't do.
Lmao I am done. Duecesssss
That is all you need to see to see how truly open android is. ^^^
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04-05-2013, 12:32 AM #13
Having to wait months for a jailbreak sucks.
But its good to know that the device that we're carrying almost all our life's information on is so secure and so hard to break..! That it takes a big group of hardcore developers MONTHS to penetrate it security walls. You see why its so easy to corrupt or infect an android?
Yeah ure right, i havent used androids much because the experience of even those few times has been sad. Yeah i can customize a lot more but the finesse is lacking.
And personally, i dont have any issues with that cuz i anyway jailbreak all my devices.
Coming on to your second argument, first try and define innovation.
Google has a tendency to basically either copy, or if it cant, then buy features. Innovation isnt just lacking, its still unseen. Youtube, android, mail, voice. Its a long list.
Siri actually was innovation cuz it added a virtual assistant with a very strong personality for the first time phones which actually did more than call the wrong person!
And then google did what its best at doing. Copy!
Its just pathetic that you follow followers.
I prefer following the pioneers.. The leaders.
I have my ifaith. Seems like u sold it to the green gunk in return for a weather widget on the lockscreen.
04-05-2013, 12:37 AM #14
THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE. GIVE ME A SECOND TO BREATH. LOLOL.
I HAVE NEVER MET SUCH A DIE HARD APPLE FANBOY IN MY ENTIRE MODMYI LIFE.
GOOGLE COPIES? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.
You made my freaking year man lmaooooooooooooooooooooo.
See ya lolololololol
Go ahead and follow your "leaders" lmaoooooooooooooooo dude. God bless ya!
ROFL. Pathetic my man, just pathetic lolololol. Only faith I got is in God! Looks like you need more of him than go onto this forum and praise apple.
Dueces friend..just.. dueces.. lmaoooo..
04-05-2013, 12:43 AM #15
Google developed youtube! They didnt just buy it!
And android and the play store was it own fresh idea. App store and ios came way later according to the real timeline.
And google voice was the main thing. Siri just copied it.
And google now isnt just an extention of voice which stalks my interests. Its more than that!
Gmail was such an innovative idea! I mean people had heard about and were using emails, but gmail? Thats the wow factor.
Yeah, brin and page were innovators initially, but after google floated shares, its just looking for profits. Its stopped thinking.
Google+ was developed way before facebook.. Zuckerberg mustve been a mind reader to have copied it somehow.
And youtube store isnt a total netflix rip off. Its more than that. I just forget why. But it is.
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04-05-2013, 12:54 AM #16
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04-05-2013, 12:57 AM #18
BTW YouTube isn't a store, let alone its the total opposite of netflix. Same with Google+.
04-05-2013, 12:57 AM #19
software update on android is taking so long... i just bought a new htc one sv that release in jan 2013 and it still running on ice cream sandwich that was released 2011 (((((((((((((((
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04-05-2013, 01:00 AM #20
And m talking abt youtube store. Its basically netflix with the name changed.
GOOGLE IT! (Search is one of the google products that i support and think is indispensable.)