TweetDeck’s CEO Contradicts Steve Jobs on Android Fragmentation

October 19, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

Well, what do you know! Steve Jobs used Tweetdeck’s graph yesterday at their earnings report, as proof that Android is so “fragmented” that is must be a nightmare for developers to make apps for Android, but here comes TweetDecks’s own CEO and disproves Steve Jobs’ claim.

Now, everyone who’s been following Android news lately should have known that Steve Jobs claim about 100 versions of Android being on cellphones was a big overstatement. Why? Because if an Android version has a few different icons it doesn’t mean it creates fragmentation.

Fragmentation happens when there are a lot of phones with old versions of Android that don’t support many important features that apps need from the OS. The biggest gap in Android versions has been between Android 1.5/1.6 and Android 2.1/2.2. But luckily, there are already 73% of users who have Android 2.1/2.1, so Android fragmentation is much less of an issue right now. And I believe this issue will become even smaller from now on as everyone moves to version 2.1+.