April 14, 2010
Android OS Fragmentation

Android OS Fragmentation

We recently published an article that detailed how Google plan to stop the massive variability found between what version of their Android OS people run. In our previous post, it was made evident that there are a number of different of Android versions out there, and most people are not running anything like the latest one. This most recent news however would suggest that things are starting to take a turn for the better. Or does it?

The number of Android devices operating version 1.6 has fallen while the number of Android users running 2.1 has increased. That’s about the most you can gather from the new data published via the official Android Developers website. From a purely fragmentation point of view, things are not too different. The distribution across the different OS versions remains extremely varied and now, as a percentage, Android 1.5 accounts for even more than it did before. Now, when this trend continues it will eventually result in more people running the latest version of Android but for now, Google still have a lot more work to do, especially with the 1.5 market.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of AndroidAuthority.com, based in the U.K.
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