A study by Open Signal shows the high fragmentation that can support Google’s operating system. Obviously its great adaptability to any system is an advantage but also a disadvantage for developers. In Soft Zone we echo this study because it reflects exactly the current state of Android.
Open Signal has conducted a study based on the number of Android phones that have downloaded your application. And considering that number reaches 682,000 devices , we have shown enough to know what is the current state of Android phones.
By now we all know that one of the flaws that most reproaches to Android is its fragmentation, both in devices and in versions of its operating system. But is it an advantage or a disadvantage? It depends. ‘s an advantage from the moment the Google operating system can compete at any range. Also anyone can buy an Android phone, has many economic resources or not. For developers it is also advantageous because an app made for the android green will have a much wider audience.
But the disadvantages are also notable. The level of user satisfaction on an Android device depend too heavily on the quality of the terminal , so that the image of Android can be touched when used in low-end devices. And of course, work for developers, as shown in the study, brutal. Many different types of phones, with different processors and different screen sizes, as we see reflected in the image. The darker lines are the most common sizes.
The fragmentation is increasing
The study shows that this phenomenon has no brake. Every time new phones come out different versions that fragment the market even more. For brands, Samsung still has the majority, with 47.5% market share, still the Galaxy Y, a mobile low-cost, 2011, the third most used Android device in the world . The only device that is Samsung in the top 10 is the LG Nexus 4, while the first Sony phone is in position 21.
As for operating system versions, I must say that with the release of Android 4.3 API we have reached the number 18 of the Google operating system. The most used is still GingerBread , launched in 2011.
If we focus on the selection screen sizes is also brutal. Of course, this policy seems Google is doing great and so is unlikely to be changed but also amplified, as we see in the actual study that we have shown Open Signal.