The term ‘fragmentation’ has been lobbied against Android for so long it’s hard to remember a time when more than five or six versions weren’t floating around on various devices.
But on the verge of Android 5.0’s debut, Google appears to have found something resembling distribution harmony… depending on how you classify certain things.
Google classifies Jelly Bean, Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3, as a single “version,” comprising 50.9% of the entire user base. With 4.4 KitKat, which this month hit 30.2%, over 80% of Android users are running a version that contain many of the base features necessary for developers to create great apps.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which debuted in 2010, is still running on a depressing 9.8% of devices, but the number is slowly dropping. Ice Cream Sandwich, from October 2011, has 8.5%. KitKat improved 5% this month.
What will be interesting to see if how quickly OEMs roll out Lollipop, since they’ve had access to preview code since Google I/O in June.
Source: Google Developers