Android: Fragmentation, my foot!


Google has released Android distribution chart for the month of August 2011 and this is it:

As you can see, the last two versions of Android meant for mobile phones take 80%+ marketshare and the last three versions of Android have combined marketshare of 90%+. In a month, we will see Gingerbread surpassing Froyo to be the most used version of Android. This should put an end to the fragmentation problem that was talked about a lot whenever Android was compared to other Operating Systems. A big thanks to HTC, Samsung for pushing updates faster and even bigger thanks to 3rd party developers like CyanogenMod for letting users (stuck on older versions due to spineless manufacturer) move on to newer version of Android.

Here are the figures in numbers, if you are interested:

Platform Codename API Level Distribution
Android 1.5 Cupcake 3 1.0%
Android 1.6 Donut 4 1.8%
Android 2.1 Eclair 7 13.3%
Android 2.2 Froyo 8 51.2%
Android 2.3 –
Android 2.3.2
Gingerbread 9 0.6%
Android 2.3.3 –
Android 2.3.4
10 30.7%
Android 3.0 Honeycomb 11 0.2%
Android 3.1 12 0.7%
Android 3.2 13 0.5%
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