Android fragmentation and its effects on the app and developer ecosystems is a topic perpetually up for heated debate. On one hand, having updates controlled by carriers and OEMs makes it effectively impossible for the majority of devices to be running Google’s latest and greatest. But on the other hand, Android’s decentralized update system certainly mitigates this to an extent thanks to various first party Google apps that have now made their way into the Play Store, as well as the ever expanding Google Play Services.
One thing that isn’t up for debate, however, is the relative number of users running any particular version of the Android OS. OK, that’s not entirely accurate. Google’s Android Platform Stats only take into consideration devices with Google Play Services that have connected to the Google Play Store in the 7-day period ending earlier today. But despite this limitation, these stats are of paramount importance for developers looking to better target applications to potential users.
Since the last time we talked about Android’s platform stats back in January, Android 2.x decreased slightly. Froyo 2.2 stagnates at 1.3%, Gingerbread 2.3 decreased slightly from 21.2% to 20.0%, and Honeycomb 3.x (which seemingly can’t be forgotten quickly enough) remains at 0.1%. Android 4.x, on the other hand, is slightly on the rise. ICS saw a marginal decrease from 16.9% to 16.1%, while Jelly Bean increased from a combined 60.1% to 60.7%. KitKat also rose from 1.4% to 1.8%.
Overall, we haven’t seen too much of a change in the last month, but at least the trends are going in the right direction. You can find the full stats over on the Android Developer Dashboard.
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