February 4, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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.
What are your thoughts on the Android update situation? Let us know in the comments below!
[Thanks to Senior Member kautionwirez for the tip!]
January 12, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
A little over a month ago, Google released its Android Platform Distribution Statistics for the tail end of 2013. Now, we’ve entered a new year. And as expected, we also have a new batch of platform stats available on the Android Developer Dashboard.
In general, the new stats indicate a gradual move to newer Android OS builds. In the last month, KitKat rose from 1.1% to 1.4%. While this number may not sound like a lot, it’s still somewhat surprising given how few devices actually have official Android 4.4 updates. And if leaks are indicative of an impending release, we can expect this number to rise dramatically in the coming months. Similarly, Jelly Bean rose from 54.5% to 59.1%. This can be explained by all of the Android 4.3 updates we’ve seen popping up for various devices in the past few weeks.
As expected, older OSes generally saw a decline in usage. In the span of one month, Ice Cream Sandwich usage declined from 18.6% to 16.9%. Similarly, Gingerbread went from 24.1% to 21.2%. Froyo also took a bit of a dip from 1.6% to 1.3%. And that red-headed stepchild Honeycomb? Well, that’s the same at 0.1%.
Are you excited to see the slow but steady progress being made to bring newer versions of Android to more users, or are you disappointed that only 1.4% of users are running the latest major version of our favorite little green robot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
[Source: Android Developer Dashboard]
December 3, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Over the last six years, we’ve seen Android mature from an underdog of an operating system to the mobile OS juggernaut that it is today. During the course of its evolution, we’ve seen quite a few major versions of the OS, with Android 4.4 KitKat being the most recent.
Now thanks to the release of the Google Nexus 5 as well as Motorola and HTC’s timely updates, 1.1% of Android users (who have access to Google Play Services) are enjoying the KitKat goods. Also worth noting is how 74.2% of devices are now running Android 4.0 or greater. Unfortunately, Gingerbread still has a stranglehold on older devices that will never see official updates to 4.x, but its influence is now down to just 24.1%.
Along with the platform version stats, Google also released information regarding screen sizes and resolutions. As of yesterday, 8.8% of users have run Small devices, 79.4% of users run Normal devices, 6.9% of users use Large devices, and 4.9% of users have Xlarge devices. This corresponds well with the 22.9% of users running mdpi, 34.2% of users running hdpi, 22.3% of users running xhdpi, and 9.7% of users running xxhdpi. All in all, it shows Android’s predominant success on mobile phones, with tablets and super high resolution devices creeping in as well.
To see the charts and graphs yourself, make your way over to the Android Developers website.