Much has been said of fragmentation and the need Android devices that run the latest version of its operating system. For a long time, Gingerbread, the version with number 2.3.3 to 2.3.7, have dominated the Android landscape, leaving programmers with the tough task of following supporting an obsolete operating system, while those who have already upgraded to meet developments are not being used enough. But in recent Android usage data, there are indications that this is changing.And, for the first time in its history, using Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 and 4.2 ) has exceeded Gingerbread. More specifically, Android 4.1 with a 32.3% share, while it still has a mere 4.2 5.6%. But if we add the two numbers, giving us a 37.9% share, up from 34.1% of Gingerbread. These data are very recent, a fourteen-day period ending July 8 yesterday, and we can expect in the following months this direction continue, with more and more new devices bring Android 4.2 as standard, or updates of models already on the market. There is no doubt that the fact that Android 4.3 is gone quite to help manufacturers recover lost ground with updates.
One thing to keep in mind is that these data pertain only to devices connecting to Google Play (which are the ones that matter to most developers). There is still a huge market for Android devices that do not use the official store (especially in China), but at the same time is a niche that does not really matter to apps programmers because they can not sell their products and are unlikely to use Internet enough.
Source | Android Developers
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July 9, 2013
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