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, contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the issue of fragmentation and why Apple's management of iOS matters.

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