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Samsung may be the biggest seller of Android devices, but it’s far from alone: there are now 1,300 brands behind the one billion Android handsets now in use across the globe.
OpenSignal, the maker of an app that gauges mobile signals, has released its fourth annual Android fragmentation report, which found a total of 24,093 different Android devices now in the wild, made by 1,294 companies.
It’s a vastly different picture to 2012: 1,000 of the brands that appear in this year’s survey didn’t exist three years ago. Now, there’s a growing number of Android device makers both large and small, chipping away at Samsung’s dominance and chasing the small slice of the industry’s profits that aren’t held by Apple.

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bridging gap

Last week, we released Windows 10 as a free upgrade in over 190 markets, taking the first big step toward upgrading 1 billion devices to Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Alongside Windows, we also delivered the Windows SDK and accompanying tools that you’ll use to build and submit Universal Windows apps.

Windows 10 introduced new APIs and built a platform that does much of the work to make apps more personal through adaptive UX, natural user inputs and cloud-based services. We also introduced a series of “bridging” technologies to enable developers to bring their existing iOS, Android, Web and desktop code and skillsets to the Windows Store, for which I’ll provide an update here.

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