OpenSignal, the app and service that helps locate the best areas for signal coverage for various network providers, has published a great visual report on just how significant a problem fragmentation is for Android when you compare it to iOS fragmentation. Effectively, for iOS, there isn’t any.
Take a look at this chart from the OpenSignal report:
It is a pretty amazing view of how little iOS fragmentation there actually is today. An amazing 91% of iOS users that OpenSignal has tracked through their app are using iOS 7.x.. And in fact, if you take in consideration iOS 6, an astonishing 99% of users are in the last two versions of iOS. Part of this of course is the fact that Apple pushes, for free, iOS updates and does so to a very wide swath of the devices that are out there.
This is in stark contrast to Android who by every measure, have a significant problem when it comes to fragmentation. I’ve said before that this will ultimately spell trouble for Google and Android. The question, in my mind is when. It may be sooner than I think.