POSTS TAGGED: Platform Stats
Posted February 4, 2014 at 11:00 pm 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. Go. . . READ ON »
Posted January 12, 2014 at 06:00 am 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 expl. . . READ ON »
Posted December 3, 2013 at 07:00 am 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%.
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