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[Chart] Android Remains a Stubbornly Fragmented Landscape

Steven Blum

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich may get a lot of hype these days, but it barely represents half of one percent of all Android users. In the world of Android operating systems, Gingerbread continues to reign supreme.

According to Android's official developer's website, Gingerbread continues it's march towards dominance at 55%, followed by Froyo at 30% and Eclaire at 8.5%. All of these Android versions came out over a year ago. Honeycomb, which is a version of Android used on many (but not all) Android tablets, has not been widely adopted; the number of Honeycomb users remains around 3.5%.

It would be hard to justify developing apps for Ice Cream Sandwich at this point, considering the fact that so few devices run Google's newest software. Of all the versions, Gingerbread seems to be gaining the most steam as the number of Gingerbread devices has risen from less than 20% to now nearly 55% of the market over the past year. However, app developers would probably make the most money by developing apps for Gingerbread and Froyo devices. 

Clearly, Android remains a stubbornly fragmented landscape.

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  • Christopher Silva
    • Admin
    Jan 4, 2012 Link

    To be honest with you Steve, this is to be expected.

    With the amount of low end devices on the market there will have to be fragmentation.

    This can also be a good thing. Low cost solutions for developing contries where they care less about ICS, and are happy to have a smart phone they can afford that works.