If there is one criticism that Android faces it would be fragmentation. Google, without fail, releases a major update to Android on an almost annual basis, but unfortunately not all OEMs are quick on the trigger when it comes to releasing said updates for their products. This results in the Android market populated by devices running on a variety of Android builds which can be a headache at times for developers. However the issue of fragmentation is starting to disappear these days, with more manufacturers and carriers being more prompt with their updates, and the latest figures prove that.
According to recent numbers, it seems that Android Jelly Bean has managed to break the 60% mark and now sits at 60.7% of devices running Android. Granted Android Jelly Bean is not the latest release, it is still pretty impressive. It is also comforting to know that 78.6% of Android devices are running at least Android 4.0 and above, although Android 4.4 KitKat has a lot of catching up to do as it only accounts for 1.8%. Granted Android 4.4 KitKat was only released in the later part of 2013, but given that we’ve recently started to hear about more KitKat updates being pushed out, hopefully those numbers will rise significantly before the next major build of Android is announced.
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