Random Thoughts about Android

Once upon a time I was a mobile app developer with a small mobile app development company, and for the most part we did pretty well for ourselves…and we only developed for iOS. Ok, that’s not entirely true, we did hire an Android developer but then he moved to L.A.

People called me names, called me crazy, called me stupid, and would protest: “Why would you not support Android!?!”

And I would reply: “Dude, Fragmentation” and then an endless series of debates would ensue about the veracity of my claims.

The last time I had this debate was 2014 and Lollipop was the flavor du jour. So has Android fixed “fragmentation”?

According to their own estimates almost 75% of the Android user base is still running a version of Android older than Lollipop and almost a third of Android users are still on Jelly Bean – which released in June 2012.


Let’s just all agree, no one uses a Blackberry anymore.

Happy App Developing!

iOS7 vs KitKat Adoption

Full Disclaimer: Still an Apple Fanboy

That said as a developer of mobile and tablet apps, I live in both worlds so the adoption rate of new operating systems is of key interest for me.

According to mixpanel, as of this morning ~80% of iOS users are now running iOS7 (chart).

In comparison only 1% of android users are running KitKat. To be fair iOS7 was released more than a month before KitKat but the numbers are nonetheless staggering.

Happy Coding!

“I don’t like documenting my code. If it was hard to write it should be hard to read”
– Anonymous