“There is only one Apple,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune. “Nearly 1,300 companies make Android devices.”
“One striking finding in this year’s report is the increased fragmentation of manufacturers,” P.E.D. reports, “with over 1,000 manufacturers seen this year that were not seen three years ago in OpenSignal’s first survey.”
How fragmented has Android become?
• 24,093: Distinct Android devices seen this year [vs. 18,796 last year]
• 682,000; Devices surveyed for this report
• 37.8%: Samsung’s share of those devices
• 1,294: Device manufacturers seen this year
Android device fragmentation – August 2015
iOS vs. Android – August 2015
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MacDailyNews Take: Android is a festering morass of fragmentation.
Once upon a time, we thought of Google as a vibrant, innovative, fun company with superior products. Now we, and many others, regard them as derivative, petty, privacy-destroying, personal-data-hungry wannabe followers who peddle inferior, insecure knockoffs.
Was it worth it, Google?
Apple’s iPhone owns 92% of smartphone industry’s profits – July 13, 2015
Rampant security flaws and fragmentation forces company to ban Android phones and tablets – March 18, 2015
Ex-Google boss says Android fragmentation drove him to iOS – July 15, 2012
Apple iPhone shipments show impressive growth as Samsung falls – July 30, 2015
Samsung offers downbeat outlook for year ahead of new Apple iPhones – July 30, 2015
Apple’s indomitable iPhone 6/Plus sales unfazed by Samsung’s anemic Galaxy S6/Edge – June 2, 2015
iPhone 6, killer: Beleaguered Samsung’s Galaxy S6 sales are a total disaster – May 22, 2015
Beleaguered Samsung reports 30 percent decline in operating profit – April 28, 2015
Samsung Galaxy S6 phones suffer weaker than expected sales in South Korea homeland – April 22, 2015
15 percent of Samsung Electronics execs quit amid profit slump – April 2, 2015
Significant Android to iPhone switching weakens market for Samsung Galaxy S6 – March 24, 2015
Apple iPhone takes smartphone market share from Android around the world – March 4, 2015
Poor man’s iPhone: Android on the decline – February 26, 2015
Study: iPhone users are smarter and richer than those who settle for Android phones – January 22, 2015
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]