Fragmandroid: Google Android fragmentation visualized

“Over the past 6 months we’ve been logging the new devices that download OpenSignalMaps, we’ve based this study on 681,900 of these devices. We’ve looked at model, brand, API level (i.e. the version of Android) and screen size and we’ve tried to present this in the clearest form we can,” OpenSignalMaps reports.

“We’ve spotted 3997 distinct devices,” OpenSignalMaps reports. “One complication is that custom ROMs can overwrite the variable that we use for the device model. This partly explains why a staggering 1363 device models appear only once in our database. That said most of these are indeed genuine devices, just not popular ones. Some examples of these solitary devices include: the Concorde Tab (a hungarian 10.1 inch device), the Lemon P1 (a dual SIM Indian phone), the Energy Tablet i724 (a Spanish Tablet aimed at home entertainment), the EBEST E68, the MASTONE W18.”

Fragmandroid: Google Android fragmentation visualized

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MacDailyNews Take: An ever-expanding bag of hurt.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. “When I select a handset and Android version no one else has, I’m really just expressing my individuality. It’s important for me to be free from developer support like everyone else on Android.

      1. OMG! Nice how you manage to slip reference to French car icon Citroen into an MDN thread! I always loved the 2CV “Charleston” model that the Germans referred to as “the duck.” I call it the perfect anti-BMW – a status car for those who have no status.

    1. That’s because if you get something other than an iPhone you’d be stupid not to buy a Galaxy S or Nexus. Unless you don’t care about Android apps or Google. Samsung makes good phones that people like. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that their phones are the one mist resembling the iPhone.

  2. Funny: If you read the article, the developer who wrote it essentially says “Yay fragmentation! It’s exciting and adventurous and awesome!” Oookay. I think most developers would disagree with the guy.


  3. The marketing folks behind the Lemon Phone are no doubt feeling quite bemused concerning the woefully pitiful sales figures achieved in the western hemisphere.

  4. About 100 years ago there were at least 1000 car models in the 20s and 30s that “disappeared”.

    We will see the same thing happen to “personal computers”.

    Apple is the only one I’ld bet my money on to last, like Ford and GM have done.

    1. Actually in the late 70s there were quite a few outfits selling “microcomputers” that used the S100 bus structure and either some *NIX or CP/M. Then in the 80s there were far more “IBM compatibles” running MS-DOS than you could shake a stick at.

      Maybe not 1000s like the old tyme car models but still…

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