A staggering 20.0 percent of all users were still on Gingerbread, released back in 2010, and the majority of all users were on an early iteration of Jelly Bean, released in 2012.
(PRWEB) March 03, 2014
Android fragmentation has long been the bane of Android developments. With such a large amount of freedom, those with Android devices have often chosen to run a variety of different versions of the Android OS. As of 2014, only 1.8 percent of all devices were on the most recent Android release, KitKat (4.4). A staggering 20.0 percent of all users were still on Gingerbread, released back in 2010, and the majority of all users were on an early iteration of Jelly Bean, released in 2012. Each developer, from Samsung to Lenovo, has its own versions of the Android system, and they aren’t always upgraded to the current release.
Android fragmentation may not always be a negative thing. The fragmentation of the Android OS is actually the end result of something positive — the ability to tailor the Android OS into something that meets anyone’s needs. “Android fragmentation is the end product of a unique operating system that is free to use and easy to develop for, and it is an environment that may ultimately foster innovation,” said Android security expert. “Thus, fragmentation may actually be beneficial for users — provided that developers can handle the modifications. With continued compatibility assurances throughout the OS system, Android fragmentation could become a nonissue.”