"Even though Android is the most popular smartphone platform in
the U.S., and even though there were 10 billion Android app
downloads as of December 2011, many Android users are frustrated
that they're still treated like a second-class app market. That's
because "fragmentation" makes it more complicated to develop
Android apps that will run on most Android phones.
"New research from Localytics claims that Android fragmentation
might be becoming less of a issue.
"If correct, this could start bringing more popular apps to
Android phones faster -- or maybe even first. But the catch is, the
Android ecosystem is far more variable than the iPhone landscape.
That makes it a bigger long-term risk for app developers."