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One App, 3,997 Different Devices

Wednesday May 16th 2012 by Developer.com Staff

OpenSignalMaps demonstrates how Android fragmentation impacts developers.

For six months, the team behind the Android app OpenSignalMaps tracked the devices where their app ended up, and their findings paint a good picture of just how difficult it is for Android developers to deal with fragmentation. After 681,900 downloads in 195 countries, OpenSignalMaps was running on a staggering 3,997 distinct models. That means in order to ensure a consistent experience for all of their users, the development team would have had to test it for nearly 4,000 unique devices.

To see a visual representation of the problem, check out the graphs and graphics in the OpenSignalMap blog post.

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