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R.I.P. Android treats: Google update removes some outdated OS versions from Android charts

News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday September 05, 2013.

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Each month, Google updates its Android Platform Versions Charts and paints a picture of which version of Android is best represented by Google Play checkins. Today, that chart became more focused thanks to the exclusion of three rather stale Android treats.

The AVP now culls data from the latest version of Google Play, which supports only Android 2.2 or later. As a result, the older versions of Android - 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut, and 2.0 Eclair - have been removed from the listings. The three versions of Android were not as significant because they collectively accounted for only 1 percent of checkins to Google's servers. However, it brings an end to the monthly exercise of looking at the charts and wondering, "Who is still using a device running software from four years ago?"

Developers and outsiders can now go back to wondering how long it will take for older software versions to inevitably be phased out from the charts. Android 2.2 Froyo accounts for 2.4 percent and Android 3.2 Honeycomb has only 0.1 percent. Android 2.3 Gingerbread still has a huge share of Android devices because it is the most commonly-used software for midrange and entry-level Android devices still in use.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich reports a 21.7 percent share of the AVP charts. Though Android 4.3 is still not included, Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean combine for 45.1 percent.

source: Google

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