Froyo most common among Androids, segmentation still an issue

Froyo most common among Androids, segmentation still an issue
The beginning of the month brings the regular Android statistics released by Google and the current data shows that Android 2.2 Froyo is now the most used version of the platform. In addition, an overwhelming 83 per cent of Android users have version 2.1 or higher on their devices, which means they can run most of the apps in the Marketplace.

Segmentation however is still an issue as 17 per cent of the people sticking with the green robot are using versions 1.6, 1.5 or earlier. But this is hardly going to stay the same in the coming months as Gingerbread aka Android 2.3 is coming. The new version might be just around the corner – Android's very own Andy Rubin is expected to bring the good news on December 6th at the Dive into Mobile conference.

Gingerbread is expected to bring wireless payments through the phone with an NFC chip on board and some polish to the interface. The NFC treatment however requires the hardware to work and no current models have it. This means that only new models like the upcoming Samsung Nexus S will make use of the full functionality boost of Android 2.3. But that is the way technology goes – in leaps rather than in steps.

source: Android Developers

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4 Comments

3. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I think it's called FRAGMENTATION, not segmentation...

1. alc

Posts: 17; Member since: May 19, 2010

Has anyone ever looked at segmentation of the iphone? I know it's not hardware or manufacturer issue like android, but there is segmentation of sorts. My wife has an iphone 3gs bought two years ago which still runs iphone os 3. I know of other's too. meaning, every time apple releases a major update my wife falls more and more behind. I'd love to see a pie chart of people with iphones and their operating system.

2. alc

Posts: 17; Member since: May 19, 2010

there was something on this site. 31% still are on ios3. http://chitika.com/research/2010/iphone-os-breakdown-september/

4. TheBrizz

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 24, 2010

If your wife has an iPhone 3GS that is still running iOS3, it's because she's chosen not to update it. I have a 3GS that is running 4.2.1. The only limitations to my 3GS compared to the iPhone 4 are hardware-related (no front camera for FaceTime, etc). Everything else (multitasking, home screen backgrounds, tethering, unified email inboxes, etc.) works just fine.

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