Where Apple Stands Firm (and Google Is in Pieces)

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  )  compete with each other over nearly every aspect of smartphone operations and ecosystems. One arena in which Cupertino may be winning the battle is fragmentation. A recent story from AllThingsD highlights that while Apple does a great job of keeping users of iOS on the most current generation, Android users are "trapped" on multiple -- often dated -- versions. This manifests in the relative appeal of each OS for developers, which continues to draw them toward Apple.

In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the issue of fragmentation and why Apple's management of iOS matters.

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  • Report this Comment On June 27, 2013, at 1:59 AM, DavidLeland wrote:

    This only matters if you develop for certain extensions, and not for the general OS core. The truth about iOS is that gamers and consumers care, but not productivity people. Apple's iOS is stuck on Apple hardware, mostly locked-down by Apple, so productivity developers *may not* get their hands on the important handles. Apple is stuck as a game toy for frivolous users, the rest of the world runs right pasr it. Their competition is GameBoy. Highly capable phones that are already nearlt tablet-sized, like Galaxy 4 and Lenovo k900, run clean away from Apple's current *and* next phones and tablets.

  • Report this Comment On June 27, 2013, at 1:49 PM, deasystems wrote:

    Sure, DavidLeland. Yet Apple's iOS devices are the overwhelming choices of Fortune 500 enterprises and smaller businesses everywhere. Go figure...

  • Report this Comment On June 27, 2013, at 3:17 PM, phildevil wrote:

    Seems like a APPLE fan crying the "fragmentation.." wolf, and somehow this will increase the already boring experience of iOS compared to exciting ones innovated by Samsung and gasp even stodgy Microsoft!

    America stands for diversity, not monopoly and 0 choices or customization .. the freedom to tattoo or fragment is you birthright!

    Reminds me of Ford Model T let them have any color .. as long it is black.

    Nothing to see here .. move along ..

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