Originally Posted by eknutson
It's a totally different story with what Nokia is doing (and don't forget, the OS maker Microsoft is with them on this). These apps come to everyone. They are priming the development pump and getting more 3rd party developers involved and invested in the OS by subsidizing them and helping with the development of these apps.
Yes, hence why I called it "temporary fragmentation". For those six months, we have a state precisely as I described above.
As far as the consumer is concerned, he can only get a certain subset of apps from one company, or another (and, unlike the case of skinning, potentially important apps). The effect on the consumer
is the same: "why don't I just to to iOS where I don't have to worry about which phone has which?". And that is, frankly, the only effect that matters.
In other words, I'm drawing a line: if the consumer would treat it like it's fragmentation, then it's fragmentation.
I don't see what difference this makes. I understand why Nokia and Microsoft would be okay with it. That doesn't make it any less fragmented. As I said before:
Originally Posted by thebobp
Fragmentation for a good reason is still fragmentation.