October 31, 2014

Official User Data for Android Developers Helps Cut Through Fragmentation

android-data_chartIn an effort to battle fragmentation on the platform, the Android Development team took to the official blog today to announce the availability of a new device dashboard.

This page provides data about the relative number of active devices running a given version of the Android platform. The information is collected by recording the number of Android devices that have accessed the Android Market within a 14-day period. The data collection period is clearly marked on the dashboard.

Android Platform Percent of Devices
Android 1.1 0.3%
Android 1.5 27.7%
Android 1.6 54.2%
Android 2.0 2.9%
Android 2.0.1 14.8%

Data collected during two weeks ending on 12/14/2009

This information can help developers understand the landscape of device distribution and decide how to prioritize the development of your application features for the devices currently in the hands of users.

As Raphaël Moll says on the original post “Now you know, and knowing is half the battle”.

Go Joe!