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Another couple of weeks, and more new numbers regarding Android platform percentages. For the two weeks ending June 1, we now see 45.1 percent of Android phones running Eclair -- Android 2.1. That's up from 32.4 percent for the two weeks ending May 17. The Cupcake (Android 1.5) and Donut (Android 1.6) versions continue to wane, thanks to the HTC Droid Eris and Hero finally getting their long awaited updates. Cupcake is down 6.5 percentage points, while Donut dropped 1.6 percentage points. [Android Developer Blog]


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Android 2.1 now on 45 percent of devices


Now only of Motorola can update all their 1.5 and 1.6 handsets that would bring damned near everyone to 2.1. Well... except the Samsung Behold II. Poor bastards.

And the GSM Hero. Let's not forget the GSM Hero. Everyone always does.

We're still waiting for our 2.1 update. I would like to see the percentages after we receive it, I bet it will change quite a bit again.

1.5 and 1.6 continue to wane... Share, maybe. But not necessarily number of devices. Since we know (from other sources) that the population size is growing and the majority of that growth is version 2.2 there's no evidence that anyone is actually migrating from 1.5 or 1.6 to 2.2 even if the percentages show a decrease for 1.5 and 1.5 and an increase for 2.2. Users running older versions are simply becoming a smaller percentage of the population. In addition, there's no reference for the source of the statistics. If raw data are taken from browser versions users on 2.2 may just be browsing more and are therefore over-represented. They're interesting statistics and the decimal points make them look accurate but they don't necessarily mean anything. Including the raw data that the percentages came from would add a world of information to your data. How have the raw numbers changed for 1.5 and 1.6? Once we know that we can pull something meaningful from the graphs.
Sorry to rant, but it's annoying that you periodically put up these change numbers as is they mean something more than they do.

Unless you're trying to say that fragmentation is becoming less of an issue... Tell that to the (relatively static) number of users waiting for their two-year contracts to expire. Just because 1.5 and 1.6 users are becoming a smaller minority of the population doesn't mean there are fewer of them. /rant

First off i totally agree with your rant. But if your going to rant you got to get your facts right. 2.2 is not offically released yet so i think you meant 2.1.

not only is your rant sort of irrelavent because of the version number you kept mentioning, but you saying for Android central to claim their source? Are you saying it towards AC or towards Android? These numbers came from Google.

Its not fragmentation, its legacy, evolution or progress. Most of the phones running 1.5/1.6 CANNOT run 2.1 and for Google to actually fragment android and make a shity half featured version of 2.1 for these older phones will really fragment android. Take a look at iPhone OS 4 only the most recent iPhones will get it. Same issue coming from the side that frowns on "fragmentation".

I hate Apple. Therefore it pains me to have to say this, but people who keep bringing up iPhone OS4 and the problems with upgrades there need to look at a few questions before comparing that to Android and the fragmentation currently going on. How often does Apple update? How long has the 1st gen been out? How long has the second gen been out? How long does it take for a user of an iPhone to feel like they are being left behind by new updates they can't have? The reason that what is currently going on in Android is fragmentation while Apple could say "legacy" is that iPhones with a 2-3 year old design can't take advantage of the newest features of the OS. Android users with phones released this year are unable to take advantage of the newest features. It's not Googles fault, it's the manufacturers and service providers. Motorola released the backflop when? Cliq XT when? Devour when? What versions do they have? Apple released the iPhone when? What version does it run? What's the current version out today? There is a big difference between the way Apple has and will do updates for their phones(easier as they control the whole process) and the way Google has and will do updates.(Out of Google control what device gets what and when) Android is fragmented with devices released this year with outdated hardware and outdated software. Apple has legacy products which were released a few years ago that are unable to get the latest and greatest updates.

I hear what your saying and it all makes sense. The problem is not that legacy happens and things get outdated, but at what rate they are becoming outdated. Its true Android is moving at an astounding rate, but it seems to have kinda hit a plateau. Now that Android has reached strong enough hardware it seems that all major phones will now receive the same updates. Which is why many phones will be getting the 2.2 update.

"In addition, there's no reference for the source of the statistics."

FTA: "Note: This data is based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Android Market within a 14-day period ending on the data collection date noted below."

And why are you even talking about browser versions?

Seriously good news for those of us trying to figure out what baseline version to use to develop apps. Version 1.6 to 2.x has a major change in the contact db access so not having to deal with that issue is very helpful.