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Re: RIM Earnings Out, Stock Surges
said by Guspaz:Yes and no.
I think Android's fragmentation hurts it in many ways, in terms of difficulty of development and quality of software, but that in the end the increased sales outweigh the decreased quality.
Developers, unless taxing the extreme ends of the platform can get done straight forward applications. Now if you want to make something that takes advantage of the extremes of a GPU for example, you're absolutely correct - you're going to have development issues.
This means if you develop for bleeding edge, it may in fact be a while before you see people catch up. In fact we see this in the PC market today, and developers tend to target the middle (sometimes lowest end) of the platform to ensure a wide audience.
All this means is that the software coming out needs to aim for the "fat middle" of the platform. The feature set that most represents the wider audience. With the increased API of 3.2, once 3.2 is average user I think Android development concerns largely are put to rest.
I don't know where they are in terms of 3.2 being the majority, but the API is diverse enough at that point that it's not really a limiting issue.