Originally Posted by Ericglo
What I was getting at is it is kind of funny that Android is going to come down to one dominant player (Samsung) and the rest. On the other hand, Windows may end up actually having more hardware choices.
I will take your word on the previous Windows phone versions, as I haven't used them. I haven't heard my friend say that there is a big difference between previous versions of the Iphone and the current one. His biggest complaint over the last couple of years was the change in aspect ratio that he had to adjust for.
As for repeating marketing garbage, you are making a huge incorrect assumption. I admit I am repeating what my friend has told me. My friend though has been developing games by himself for the last four years after a decade of doing character animation. While he has ported some of his games to Android, he doesn't bother with making sure it works on every device.
I didn't realize you were using Alanis Morissette lyrics within your post until today
Sorry for assuming the marketing garbage bit, but you have to take a look at last week's Google News tech top-spots to see the total "Android Fragmentation" spew. It, of course, follows quickly on the heels of the new Nexus 7 announcement (which just makes the ipad mini look like a joke). The model google has started to promote is for OEMs to get close to the Nexus-equivalent, and the beauty is my N7 is up to date. I prefer the stock experience over every skin I've tried, and I wish it would reach out and grab hold of the mainstream market in a "capitalism-gives-a-backhand-to-Android-skins" fashion.
It's unfortunate that Samsung can do what they do with the GS4, which is basically thumb-their-nose at every other OEM by saying "look what we can do first." I have a samsung phone right now, and I've sworn it will be my last unless they change their design efforts. I only have a Samsung phone because it was the last Verizon-compatible LTE Nexus device, and they have many shortcomings that are repeated in the GSIII and GS4 (from the GS2 as well). Their speaker placement sucks, as do their speakers. Their audio controller is complete crap, and their wifi reception / antenna placement is extremely poor. The GS4 seems to have improved the wifi situation. The classic "samsung" plastic is junk. It was junk on the S2, S3, GNex, and the S4. Their SoC radio implementation is an afterthought. The hardware isn't the problem, but the lack of attention they pay to detail in their firmwares. They are currently driving the Android market into the ditch in my opinion, but HTC and Motorola aren't helping themselves at all (HTC not coming to Verizon in the US and Motorola putting out last year's tech at this year's prices)
Interestingly amongst all the fragmentation hype, the Android SDK is just plain better than iOS IMO. App design doesn't require as rigorous of a test. I would bet money that if your friend's app is designed for the GS4 (w/ scaling implemented - an impossibility with iOS) that it would work on the current flagships from HTC and Motorola as well as the LG Nexus 4 and flagship Optimus in addition to my GNex and last years GSIII. If somebody hops on the store and comments that it won't work on their Droid 2 or sidekick then tell them to bug off. That would be no different in the iOS App Store if they had just as old of a device trying to run current apps. Several will simply not work, but don't take my word for it - get someone's iPod Touch 3rd Gen or an iPhone 3g/3gs and start perusing the app store in search of new games.
Finally, it seems as if the media and mainstream opinion have solidified the idea that Android is Samsung. I agree with that right now, and I loathe Motorola and HTC for not getting their act together. HTC didn't launch it's device appropriately in the US (GS4 hit all 4 major carriers within a month, Verizon still has no official word on the HTC One) and Motorola (whom I have the highest hopes for) is basically reduced to "wait till next year" status. The very compelling Sony Xperia Z is unfortunately only available on TMo (AFAIK), but I would love to see it come to Verizon. If they drag their feet to long then it will once again be irrelevant before launch. I would give HTC/LG/Sony a break with Verizon launches if Motorola and Samsung weren't able to steamroll through the Verizon bureaucratic red-tape to get their products launched.
-Also as a side-note, AFAIK windows phones seem to be Nokia driven just as much as Android is Samsung driven