Google has said that just over half of the users of its Android mobile operating system are running the latest versions.
Statistics released yesterday reveal that 50.4 per cent of devices accessing the Android Market in the past two weeks used Android 2.0 or higher. The figure breaks down as 50 per cent Android 2.1, 0.3 per cent Android 2.0.1 and 0.1 per cent Android 2.0.
The remaining 46.6 per cent of Android devices accessing Android Market were evenly split between versions 1.6 and 1.6.
Google made the Android information available to developers to help them prioritise the development of application features for devices currently in use.
But the statistical detail demonstrates how developers have to work across a number of different versions, potentially limiting access to latest application features.
This is particularly problematic given recent research suggesting that developers often have to manage Android, Flash Lite and iPhone, as well as a number of versions of each operating system.
Android 2.2 has just been made available.
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