For the longest time, the majority of Android devices were stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That was disgraceful, and the fanboys of other platforms never failed to mention it. WHile fragmentation isn’t as big a deal as it seems, it’s still not great be stuck on an old Android version (especially one without Project Butter).
The new Android distribution numbers are in, and a single version of Android has finally overtaken Gingerbread. Before, we were happy to see Jelly Bean as a whole, 4.1 and 4.2, take first place. Now, Jelly Bean 4.1 alone is in the lead with 34% of devices rocking it. 4.2 comes in at 6.5%, but that number will soon drop when Nexus devices are updated to 4.3. Gingerbread remains disgustingly high at 33.1%.
The issue of fragmentation is slowly going away, not with time, but with the death of Gingerbread. That was the major turning point of Android, and it left a lot of devices behind. That’s why you don’t see so many people left on Ice Cream Sandwich. As long as Google keeps up a speedy upgrade schedule and manufacturers get their act together, fragmentation (at least to an extent) will fade away.