Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Android Platform version

Dear Readers,

I found this interesting information and thought I should share this information to all my readers of Androids users.

The following pie chart and table is based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Android Market for within a 14-day period pending on the data collection date noted below.

Historical Distribution

The following stacked line graph provides a history of the relative number of active Android devices running different versions of the Android platform. It also provides a valuable perspective of how many devices your application is compatible with, based on the platform version.
Notice that the platform versions are stacked on top of each other with the oldest active version at the top. This format indicates the total percent of active devices that are compatible with a given version of Android. For example, if you develop your application for the version that is at the very top of the chart, then your application is compatible with 100% of active devices (and all future versions), because all Android APIs are forward compatible. Or, if you develop your application for a version lower on the chart, then it is currently compatible with the percentage of devices indicated on the y-axis, where the line for that version meets the y-axis on the right.
Each dataset in the timeline is based on the number of Android devices that accessed Android Market within a 14-day period ending on the date indicated on the x-axis.

According to Gingerbread experienced an increase of 5.7 percent market share from September for 43.9 percent of all Android devices in October, eventually surpassing previous leader 2.2 Froyo. Already beyond its prime, Android 2.2 Froyo’s market share is on a steady descent now that manufacturers opt to deliver mobile devices with preinstalled Gingerbread or release an update.

Android 2.1 Eclair descended one percent over the previous month for 10.7 percent market share of all droids. Older versions 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut still want to make a mark on the Android platform distribution chart, accounting for 2.3 percent.
For Android tablets, Honeycomb slowly increased its market share as shown on the Android version distribution table with 1.9 percent of droids.
Interestingly, the original 3.0 version now holds a meager 0.1 percent of the market and en route to leave the chart.
The latest release, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, still has to arrive on the market through the Samsung Galaxy Nexus so it’s no surprise its name is not yet present on this edition of Google’s Android platform distribution chart.

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