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Google has released the monthly report on traditional raspredelniyu share versions of Android, are active in the application directory and multimedia content Google Play. Besides, the corporation has shared some other interesting data are of interest to developers.
According to statistics, rules the ball on Android versions family Jelly Bean, which is used by 59.1% entering the catalog Google Play. However, almost takes the greatest Android 4.1, released in mid-2012 together with the first generation tablet Nexus 7. The second most common takes even older version 2.3 Gingerbread, announced back in 2010. Third place goes to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, incorporates the graphical interfaces for smartphones and tablets. Announced in 2013 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 4.4 KitKat and occupy a double only 9.2%. In addition to information on shares of Android, Google told about and distributing API OpenGL ES for game developers. Modern interface OpenGL ES 3.0, announced along with Android 4.3, has hardware support by 6.4%, whereas the previous version of the API includes an impressive 93.5% of devices. Thus, developers can already safely abandon optimize their games for devices with support for OpenGL ES only one. *.
Summarizing, we can say that Google still can not cope with the software fragmentation Android. Despite the tightening of the rules of certification of new devices, manufacturers are not in a hurry to upgrade their software. Android 2.3 Gingerbread for Google became something like Windows XP – obsolete system is still in active use, forcing application developers to engage in further optimization. Android 4.4 KitKat at the moment still covers only 1.4% of devices, including two Nexus-smartphone, Nexus-3 tablet devices 5 Google Play Edition, Motorola Moto X and Moto G, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and some editorial HTC One. Thus, all this impressive list of modern devices takes only a hundredth part of all Android-devices can access a directory Google Play. Search Corporation is actively trying to solve the problems with updates devices, but so far these attempts to break on the fast cycle announcement of new versions of the systems and the reluctance of manufacturers to spend resources on the continued support of already released devices. Google partially solves the problem of its development package Play Services, but this is not enough.
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