This year in Android fragmentation

OpenSignal has put together a report for the second year in a row showing the fragmentation between Android manufacturers and different versions of Android. It’s pretty scary not only how...

Android-Fragmentation

OpenSignal has put together a report for the second year in a row showing the fragmentation between Android manufacturers and different versions of Android. It’s pretty scary not only how many different devices are released but just how much market share Samsung has alone, it also shows how little companies like HTC have, too.

Here’s some key facts found:

– 8 Versions of Android still in use
– Samsung has 47.5% of the Android market
– 37.9% of Android devices are running Jellybean compared to the 95% of iOS users that are running iOS 6

And if pictures and graphs are more your thing:

Device Fragmentation in 2013 | Source: OpenSignal
Device Fragmentation in 2013 | Source: OpenSignal
Device Fragmentation 2012 | Source: OpenSignal
Device Fragmentation in 2012 | Source: OpenSignal
Android versions through the years | Source: OpenSignal
Android versions through the years | Source: OpenSignal

Device fragmentation is increasing, but so are the range of devices available on the Android ecosystem.Fragmentation is not a good thing, but it’s not exactly a bad thing either – it represents the openness and free nature of Android – how there is still a version that can run on low-end hardware, even though it might cause a bit of a pain for developers.

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