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Apparently, all manufacturers love KitKat!

Away from Marshmallow: Apparently, all manufacturers love KitKat!

I wish device launches followed the flow of Android distributions. The updates, 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 the Android fragmentation problem is far from being solved.

Recently, I commented in an article that the purchase of an Android smartphone must be planned calmly (link to the article below), especially when intermediate smartphones are involved, since their updates are uncertain and depend, in most cases, on commercial interest. manufacturer.

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

Of course, the high-ends of the year receive 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 4.4.4

Android Lollipop 5.0 / 5.1

Android Jelly Bean 4.1 / 4.2 / 4.3

Android Gingerbread 2.3 / 2.3.7

Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 / 4.0.4

Android Marshmallow 6.0

Android Froyo 2.2

35.5%
34.1%
23.9%
2.7%
2.5%
1.2%
0.1%

The two versions of Lollipop – 5.0 and 5.1 – should surpass Android KitKat 4.4.4 at some point, who knows until the next report. However, we cannot ignore the fact that a version released almost 3 years ago is at the top among the others.

In particular, I believe that this KitKat empire is due to the fact that the version was released with greater compatibility between devices equipped with 1 GB or 512 MB of RAM. With this, the international market was flooded with intermediate and entry models that, as we all know, are the last in the list of priorities of many manufacturers.

What version of Android is your device running on today? Is your device manufacturer committed to system updates?