If there’s one thing Apple likes to jab Android for, it’s fragmentation. If you keep up with Android very well, you probably know that while Android does suffer from fragmentation, it’s not nearly as big of an issue as Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook make it out to be. There are devices that get abandoned on older versions of Android before their time, and there are some security issues that pop now and again, but security issues do receive patches outside of the operating system, thanks to some crafty Google Play services updates.
Tim Cook still apparently doesn’t agree, though. In his latest interview in Business Week, he took some time to talk about some of Android’s flaws, again, spending much of the time on fragmentation. He claims that most consumers end up using devices on software “three or four years old” before they upgrade to something newer. Following that logic, that means most consumer devices are running Gingerbread or earlier… which isn’t true. Is there room for improvement on updating Android devices? Absolutely. Is it a flaw in the platform that ruins Android as a whole? Absolutely not.
Even as an Android fan, it’s obvious Apple makes solid devices that consumers want, and it’s impossible to say that either iOS or Android is objectively a better OS or platform. But generally, it’s better for everyone when you make hardware and software to beat your competitors instead of down-talking the guys on the other side of the fence.
source: Business Week