Knowing is half the battle

By RaphaŽl Moll

December 17 2009

As a developer, I often wonder which Android platforms my applications should support, especially as the number of Android-powered devices grows. Should my application only focus on the latest version of the platform or should it support older ones as well?

To help with this kind of decision, I am excited to announce the new device dashboard [ http://developer.android.com/resources/dashboard/platform-versions.html ]. It provides information about deployed Android-powered devices that is helpful to developers as they build and update their apps. The dashboard provides the relative distribution of Android platform versions on devices running Android Market.

Android Platform Percentage of Devices
1.1 0.3%
1.5 27.7%
1.6 54.2%
2.0 2.9%
2.0.1 14.8%

The above graph shows the relative number of Android devices that have accessed Android Market during the first 14 days of December 2009.

From a developer's perspective, there are a number of interesting points on this graph:

In summary, Android 1.5, 1.6, and 2.0.1 are the 3 versions of the platform that are deployed in volume. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and information to make it easy for you to target specific versions of the platform or all the versions that are deployed in volume.

We plan to update the dashboard regularly to reflect deployment of new Android platforms. We also plan to expand the dashboard to include other information like devices per screen size and so on.

9:00 AM

Copyright 2009