December 25, 2014

Google Releases Updated Android Fragmentation Report

Google today has released on their developer site an updated chart showing the percentages of which flavor of Android are making up what is out in the wild on Android handsets.  This is for devs to be able to develop appropriately for the percentages of users out there.

One has to feel for the Android devs out there.  I know I do.  With this kind of fragmentation it is almost as bad as developing for the web with the many different browsers out there.  Notice in the chart below that most of Android users out there are still running 1.5 or 1.6.  An interesting fact considering that we are starting to see many apps come out that are 2.1 only.  Checkout the chart below to see the breakdown.

The breakdown is as follows:

Android Platform Percent of Devices
Android 1.1 0.1%
Android 1.5 34.1%
Android 1.6 28.0%
Android 2.0 0.2%
Android 2.0.1 0.4%
Android 2.1 37.2%


  • Chad

    It looks like Google is trying to get most of the 1.5 handsets to 2.1. For example the Hero, Moment, and Eris all have updates to 2.1. That should really help get rid of 1.5.

  • Simon

    so my question is what is the % of those 1.6 and 1.5 upgrading to 2.1 in the coming months?

  • bryan

    The majority of the handsets running 1.5 or 1.6 are scheduled to be updated to 2.1 in the next couple of months, depending on the handset and manufacturer. Most of the ones running 1.5 are still on 1.5 because manufacturers decided not to update their custom skin (Sense , Blur, etc) to 1.6 and go straight to 2.1.

  • Pilkers

    i've been waiting to update my HTC Hero since February… no news when Asia can expect 2.1.

  • http://think.phenomblue.com Chris Crum

    Thanks for the update. If anyone is interested, I just wrote an article on Android fragmentation looking at the last 6 months.
    http://think.phenomblue.com/android-fragmentation

  • Jim

    Wow, that's almost as bad as developing for Linux.

    Oh wait.

  • http://ekas0615.student.ipb.ac.id eka

    thanks for sharing. nice info :p