November 24, 2014

Latest Android Fragmentation Report Released

The Android Developer site today has released an updated fragmentation report, which they are calling a “platform report”.  As you can see pictured to the left, the pie chart for this current report has 2.1 being the dominant Android flavor that people are running.  1.5 and 1.6 make up the majority of the other versions that are accessing the Market in the last 14 days.

While these stats are certainly encouraging, the older versions of Android are still dominating the Android eco-spher.  Let’s hope this changes with all the new handsets dropping this summer.

So folks, what do you think? Do you still have 1.5 or 1.6? Do you have 2.1 or maybe even 2.2?  Let us know in the comments!

  • http://twitter.com/KwietStorm13 @KwietStorm13

    I'm running 2.2, though I agree these numbers are encouraging and a significant change since the last update I saw.

  • Kathie

    I'm running 2..1 on my Sprint Hero, upgraded a couple weeks ago. I like some of the changes, but a couple changes are worse (dialing a phone takes WAY too long).

  • calum

    Shame that HTC can't be bothered to do anything for all the Hero GSM users stuck on 1.5. I won't buy another HTC phone.

  • http://miff.furopolis.org/ Miff

    1.6 – Still on my G1 and haven't tried to sit down and figure out rooting yet. >_<

  • BDAG

    LOOOOOVIN 2.2

  • http://kanneinosaka.blogspot.com Janne

    What freaking fragmentation? Write for 1.5/1.6 and your app will work on any Android device. Unless you absolutely, positively need some 2.x feature for your app to work there's little point in aiming for that API level.

    • androidfan

      If your a big studio making lets say a game, that's easier said than done. If you wan't your game to be very high end, it's very hard of not impossible to get one binary to run on 1.5+ and 2.0+

      • http://kanneinosaka.blogspot.com Janne

        But that's really no different from, say, requiring a certain API level or performance for your 3D graphics hardware in PC gaming. Game companies, specifically, have always faced this dilemma when they aim to push the envelope: go for the latest and greatest and you'll restrict your customer base; aim for wide distribution and some people will find your effort looking dated.

        That problem is not specific to Android – and not specific to the OS either; if you're pushing things, you are probably more restricted by the various levels of hardware performance than OS versions. And don't forget that the great variation in hardware is one of the great assets of the Android ecosystem. You want a full qwerty keyboard? You want no hardware keys at all? Huge, clear screen? Tiny and pocketable? Great camera? No camera? One size does not fit all, and the fact that we as customers get to choose is great.

        And the problem is rare, don't forget. Very, very few applications need to push the envelope in any way, and that includes most games. For every ID Studios burning up your 3D card you have hundreds or thousands of game creators that need little more than a way to draw colorful shapes and play sounds. And if you are a big studio, pushing the envelope, then you already have the resources and know-how to deal with it from other platforms.

        • Scott

          Well said Janne! It drives me absolutely mad that multiple versions of the Android OS is considered "fragmented".

  • http://twitter.com/ppatron @ppatron

    Running Android 2.2 (Froyo) on T-Mobile Nexus One. What in the world is still running Android 1.1? Are those original G1 holdouts?

    • Drew

      They are non-rooted Rogers Dreams (G1s) I believe. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but Rogers basically offered two upgrade options to G1 users: stick with 1.1 stock or upgrade to Android 1.5 with Sense UI.

      I suppose it could also include some flukes. Say, for example, you just buy a G1 or you have to re-flash your phone to remove root. Sometimes it can take a few days for the 1.6 update to push to your phone.

    • http://kanneinosaka.blogspot.com Janne

      How about people who bought a 1.1 handset, is happy with it as a phone and has no particular interest in – or knowledge about – operating systems, version numbering or API levels. They'll upgrade at some point when the current handset breaks and they buy a new one.

      Most people really don't care about this kind of thing; those of us who do are a fairly peculiar minority.

  • jolt2000

    I’m running android 2.1 on my HTC Magic 32A, I just recently updated to CyanogenMod 5.0.7.

    If it wasn’t for CyanogenMod I’d still be stuck on android 1.5.

    CyanogenMod rocks!!!

  • http://twitter.com/jazz13_au @jazz13_au

    I'm running 2.2 on my Nexus One. I'm curious though why 2.2 is not show on that graph. Surely there are more people using it than are using 1.1

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/revray35 revray35

      Maybe, and this is a shot in the dark, it was not on the graph because they have not officially dropped Froyo as of yet? Don't know. There has to be a large number of people who have updated to that, I agree.

  • http://twitter.com/JPlumez @JPlumez

    Still on 1.6 with my MyTouch 3G :(

    • Ralph

      me too :-/

  • newspeak

    Running eclair on my g1….I worry about the sprint choice to do over the wire updates having an impact on the number of phones still running cupcake…seems like the graph will be less usefull for telling what the real fragmentaion picture is

  • http://twitter.com/appel_ @appel_

    Vanilla 2.1 on my HTC Hero. Works great. Much faster, performance does not degrade over time, better usability and a lot more stable compared to the original 1.5 rom with sense.

  • Drumm

    Stuck on 1.5 Using a Motorola Dext/Cliq in UK. If only my G1 hadn't broke..

  • Nathan

    This thread emphasizes and important lesson / point: if you're going to get an Android phone, don't buy a cheap one… spring the extra few bucks for the higher end ones that get updated more often.

  • plainbrad

    Wow. That is a lot of 1.5

  • Colin B

    Still on 1.5 waiting for the HTC Hero upgrade in the UK :(

  • Timmy 2 Fingers

    Running 2.1 on Motorola Droid, love it more every day.

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