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Far from Marshmallow: Apparently, all manufacturers love KitKat!

I wish device launches followed the flow of Android distributions. The upgrades in turn are increasingly distant from those who did not choose to buy the major releases of the year. Proof of this is the data released by Google monthly, showing that Android's fragmentation problem is far from solved.

I recently commented in an article that buying an Android smartphone should be carefully planned (link to article below), especially when intermediate smartphones are involved, as their upgrades are uncertain and mostly depend on commercial interest. from the manufacturer.

The recent data released by Google regarding the distribution of Android support this theory: more and more devices are released with old versions of the factory and are without support from the manufacturer for a long time.

Of course, the high-end of the year gets the latest update, however, it is possible that the focus of the manufacturer and its developers is only on these new devices, leaving the models released in other periods aside.

Check out the official Android distribution numbers for January:

Global distribution
Android KitKat 4.4.4Android Lollipop 5.0 / 5.1Android Jelly Bean 4.1 / 4.2 / 4.3Android Gingerbread 2.3 / 2.3.7Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 / 4.0.4Android Marshmallow 6.0Android Froyo 2.2
35.5%
34.1%
23.9%
2.7%
2.5%
1.2%
0.1%

Both versions of Lollipop – 5.0 and 5.1 – should surpass Android KitKat 4.4.4 sometime, perhaps until the next report. But we cannot ignore the fact that a version released almost 3 years ago is at the top among the others.

In particular, I believe this KitKat feature is due to the fact that the version has been released with greater compatibility between devices equipped with 1 GB or 512 MB of RAM. As a result, the international market was flooded with intermediate and inbound models that, as we all know, are the last on many manufacturers' priority list.

Which version of Android is your device running today? Is your device manufacturer committed to system upgrades?

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