Google has followed our lead and decided to begin publishing the percent of devices that are running different versions of Android. The new device dashboard will be regularly updated to reflect deployment of new Android platforms. They also plan to expand the dashboard to include other information like devices per screen size and so on.
The following points were published on the official Android developers blog:
- At this point, there’s little incentive to make sure a new application is backward compatible with Android 1.0 and Android 1.1.
- Close to 30% of the devices are running Android 1.5. To take advantage of this significant install base, you may consider support for Android 1.5.
- Starting with Android 1.6, devices can have different screen densities & sizes. There are several devices out there that fall in this category, so make sure to adapt your application to support different screen sizes and take advantage of devices with small, low density (e.g QVGA) and normal, high density (e.g. WVGA) screens. Note that Android Market will not list your application on small screen devices unless its manifest explicitly indicates support for “small” screen sizes. Make sure you properly configure the emulator and test your application on different screen sizes before uploading to Market.
- A new SDK for Android 2.0.1 was released two weeks ago. All Android 2.0 devices will be updated to 2.0.1 before the end of the year, so if your application uses features specific to Android 2.0, you are encouraged to update it to take advantage of the latest Android 2.0.1 API instead.
These numbers are pretty close to what we found with a slightly larger number of Android 1.6 devices. T-Mobile is the only United States carrier with phones running Android 1.6 (G1 and myTouch 3G) so we can see how important the 4th largest carrier is to Android. Verizon is the only U.S. carrier with a phone running Android 2.x so we can see they make up around 18% of devices.
Finally, we have Android 1.5, which is a combination of devices from Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Sprint has announced their two Android phones will receive Android 2.x sometime in 1H 2010 and Verizon has also promised to update the Droid Eris from Android 1.5.
We are still waiting to see what T-Mobile will do with four Android phones.