Android not fragmenting: 83% run 2.1 or 2.2

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By Richi Jennings. December 3, 2010.

Fanboi naysayers like to say the Android platform is "fragmented." New statistics give the lie to that particular talking point, with 83 percent now rocking 2.1 or later. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers read the runes.

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Seth Weintraub reports:

As the release of ... Android 2.3 looms, the latest report ... shows increased adoption of Android 2.1 and 2.2. ... the upgrade march continues. Most of the gain was in Android 2.2 devices, which have some significant advantages over their 2.1 counterparts.

Nick Marshall is "tired of hearing about Android fragmentation":

Developing for Android devices has often been considered a challenge. Many developers cite the variations, Android fragmentation, as the limiting factor. ... [But] that fragmentation is becoming just an afterthought ... 6.3 percent of devices running Android 1.5, 10.6 percent Android 1.6, 39.6 percent Android 2.1 and a whopping 43.4 percent Android 2.2.


If you would have asked us a year ago whether we thought there would be such a high volume of devices running Android 2.1 or higher, we probably would have laughed. ... It’s now time for a formal apology.

Andrew Munchbach crunches the numbers:

The numbers, which come directly from Google’s developer analytics, show the progress the Big G is making in getting the wide-variety of handsets in market updated to newer code.


While the nature of the mobile market will always be prohibitive to 100% of in-market devices on a single OS version, it is nice to see the lion’s share of handsets on a more recent, modern code.

And Antonio Wells draws comfort:

Last time we reported this stat Enterprise grade Android 2.2 was 36.2%, a month later that stat has risen to 43.4% of Android powered devices are running Froyo. ... 2.1 decreased from 40.8% to 39.6. Now obsolete ... 1.6 & 1.5 are withering with combined 16.9%.


Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) [is] soon to debut. We ... [are] crossing fingers for rumored December 6th.

But the anonymous Electronista gnomes have a different spin:

With the majority of Android phones still running an outdated version, many recent features ... are still unavailable to most Android users, even with hardware that could support it.


Apple's control over its own OS has been criticized ... but has also been key to its getting features to devices much faster. ... Most users are on the latest version within weeks. ... The success of the strategy led Microsoft to do the same with Windows Phone 7 ... without having to wait for the phone builder or carrier to offer support.


And Finally...

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[hat tip: Dayton Ward]

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