Apple has long touted that its developers don't need to deal with the plethora of devices, resolutions, and operating systems that plague Android developers.
The OpenSignal report found that compared to last year, Android fragmentation has risen by around 60%, with 11,868 devices seen last year compared to 18,796 this year. Since 2012, fragmentation has more than quadrupled. Back then there were 'only' 3,997 distinct Android devices.
Looking at brands, Samsung is clearly the dominant Android brand with 43% of the market. Sony comes in second with just 4.8%.
As shown in the chart below, the Android operating system is the most fragmented it has ever been. While 91% of iOS users are on the latest operating system, just 20.9% of Android users are on Kit Kat.
Finally, Android developers must also contend with screen size fragmentation. OpenSignal says, "no other smartphone platform boasts such a proliferation of different screen sizes." This is contrasted with Apple devices which, across the dozen or so, have just 4 different physical screen sizes.
Screen Size Fragmentation:
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iOS Screen Sizes: