iOS and Android in business: Looking at fragmentation

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and roll out mobile devices across your business, you’ll be faced with the question of which device to go for for running all your day to day applications. One factor we’d always recommend you think about is device fragmentation, especially when it comes to Android devices. There are many variations of Android platforms and a mixture of hardware, making it virtually impossible for app developers to build an app to run smoothly across all devices.

In August 2014 there were 18,796 distinct Android devices available, and in August 2015 there were 24,093, all with vastly different performance levels and screen sizes*. So developing any app that will work across the whole range of devices becomes a huge challenge.

So if you’re thinking about a BYOD scheme which will include both Apple and Android devices, it’s worth noting that apps built for iOS devices will be far less fragmented than Android. There are far fewer iPhone models available, making apps for iOS far easier to design, as most models have the same features, and there are far fewer screen sizes to design for. The illustration below demonstrates perfectly how screen size differs between iOS and Android devices.


Android fragmentation


iOS fragmentation

Apple design all their hardware, software and operating systems to work together for better usage. Up until the release of iPhone 5, every iPhone had the same screen and similar features, including the camera. It was fairly certain that if you wrote an app for iPhone 4, it would work similarly on previous models, just slightly slower, making iPhone and iOS an ideal choice for use in business.


Fragmentation can also affect features of mobile device management solutions. Take the time to make sure that the platform you choose feature settings that are available across all Android devices. Businesses considering a BYOD scheme would need to pay particular attention to the make, model and operating system in use on the Android devices to create a supported device list, this will ensure all devices are compatible to run all the features and benefits of their mobile device management solution. For more help with mobile device management, visit our webpage here.

How can we help?

When it comes to rolling out iPhone business-wide, we can help with our range of iPhone solutions and support. We can provide you with:

Mobility: Including mobile device management solutions, Apple’s DEP and VPP, to help manage, deploy and protect your iPhone deployment.

App development: Our in-house team are on hand to help you create your own custom app, and ensure it will run smoothly across all your devices.

Deployment: We can handle every stage of your iPhone rollout, from consultancy to configuration, whether you need one iPhone or thousands.

For those of you leaning towards a mixed iOS and Android rollout, we can also help you out with managing mixed environments of mobile platforms!

Want to talk to us in more detail about our iPhone and managed solutions? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email or just pop your details in the form below and we’ll be in touch. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


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