These nifty charts show just how fragmented Android is

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A new research published this week utilizes vibrant plans to show the splintered nature of the Android ecosystem, both by device and by OS variation.

According to OpenSignal, of the last 682,000 Android gadgets to download the company’s signal-finding app, there were 11,868 unique phone models. Compare that to the previous year, when there were just 3,997 one-of-a-kind models among 682,000 gadgets surveyed.

Of the 682,000 counted this year, 47 percent were made by Samsung, and 37.9 percent utilized Jelly Bean, the most current version of Android.

In total, OpenSignal discovered that there are eight different variations of Android in use.

Android vs. iOS

Compare that to iOS, where 95 percent of gadgets are on the most current version, iOS 6, 5 percent are still on iOS 5, and the older versions combined have less than 1 percent, OpenSignal cases.

No doubt that’ll change when iOS 7 drops this fall, but is not that always the method of things? Android iOS pie chart

In November 2012, 54 percent of Android users were stuck on Android 2.3: Gingerbread, a number that by now has actually dropped to 34.1 percent, according to OpenSignal.

The research likewise showed that Android gadgets have often times more screen sizes and shapes than various other mobile operating systems, in certain iOS.

Pros and cons

‘Exactly what’s clear from this report is that Android fragmentation, of all ranges, is increasing,’ the study reviewed. ‘Too frequently this is dealt with as a trouble with Android, rather than a strength, but we feel that this misses the larger image.’

According to the study, ‘establishing apps that work across the entire array of Android gadgets can be exceptionally challenging and lengthy.’ No surprise there.

But is there a silver lining?

‘The availability of economical Android phones (rarely running the most current variation) suggests that they’ve a much higher international reach than iOS, so app designers have a larger audience to construct for,’ the research declared.

‘It may be difficult to do, but the prospective reward certainly makes it rewarding. For consumers, extreme fragmentation indicates that they can get exactly the phone they want– huge or small, economical or pricey, with any variety of different feature combinations.’

OpenSignal Device fragmentation

Talking points

The fragmentation of Google’s OS has actually been touched on oftens prior to.

Android Co-Creator Rich Miner said this month that Android fragmentation’s no huge offer.

And early in 2012, experts claimed that designers were losing interest in Android since of the problems of producing apps for such a fragmented OS – though to this day Android still leads the pack in regards to market share.

Still, problems are definitely present, or broach fragmentation wouldn’t arise a lot. A minimum of Google probably is not in denial anymore at this point.