A close look at diverse android versions and its implications


A close look at diverse android versions and its implications

Android 6 marshmallow updates are finally rolling out in numerous devices from the 1st week of October. The speculation is sky high amongst android users, to get their devices updated with the latest sweet. While the marshmallow reaches to the bottom of the pyramid, which itself sounds quite theoretical momentarily, allow me to throw some light on past variants of our beloved, won’t be exaggerating if I rather say, revered Mobile OS till date.





Let’s begin with the version of android running on majority of devices worldwide. Here comes android ‘Kitkat’, the most dominating update from the treasure trunk of Google, running on 38.9% of total android devices. Apart from the most obvious argument that it’s been long while since Kitkat was launched, there are multiple aspects which had just worked outstandingly. One was the brilliantly strategized rollout for as many devices as possible at that time, regardless of flagship priority of the devices. Apart from finely organized rollout, the ‘bugfreeness’ is something we ought to consider when we mention ‘Kitkat’, especially when we put Lollipop on the other side to compare.





Kitkat’s predecessor Jelly Bean is right next in chart with 30.2%, when it comes to installation ratio. This version has also demonstrated great rollout activity very smoothly. Jelly Bean is followed by Ice Cream Sandwich which is running on 3.4% android devices. Even though outdated, Gingerbread is running over 3.8% of Google devices.


It must be shocking that even after the one year of its global launch, android Lollipop 5 is running only on 23.5% devices and when closely bifurcate, Lollipop 5.0 is running over 15.6% devices whereas mere 7.9% devices are installed with Lollipop 5.1. The numbers are saying us that, how poor the distribution was when it comes to Lollipop, as has not covered even quarter of the android devices. In fact the users of Lollipop 5.0 have suffered from many bugs which have hampered their usage experience extensively. In fact the bugfix updates were also released very late leaving the users quite helpless.


On the other hand, the app development companies have confronted humongous troubles as their concern was to enable their applications to work on Lollipop seamlessly. Well, it seems like the trouble of those app development companies are not going to end because, when the previous version wasn’t updated appropriately itself on android devices worldwide, there comes the new version. All the way from October last year, they were struggling to sync their applications well on the latest version of android and now all they have to do is start from scratch. 

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