Android fragmentation is a serious problem, and one which Google needs to address if it hopes to continue dominating the mobile operating system market in the future. We know lots of MakeUseOf readers use Android, but we have never asked what version of Android you’re currently using. Until now.
And don’t worry if you’re a fan of iOS, Windows Phone, or even BlackBerry, as this week’s poll also includes an option for you, as well as a chance to vent your spleen in the comments section at the end of this post. Stand up for your mobile operating system of choice! If you don’t, then who will?
4-5 Inches Is Normal
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “How Big Is Your Main Mobile Device?”
Out of a total of 280 votes, 9.3% chose Less than 4-inches, 50.7% chose Between 4-inches and 5-inches, 26.8% chose Between 5-inches and 7-inches, 5% chose Between 7-inches and 9-inches, 3.9% chose Between 9-inches and 11-inches, 1.4% chose Between 11-inches and 13-inches, and 3% chose More than 13-inches.
This means that just over half of those who voted use a smartphone around the same size (4-5 inches). While this isn’t revelatory right now, it will be interesting to see whether those numbers change with the proliferation of phablets, especially as even Apple is expected to go bigger with the next iPhone.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Angi G., Jon, and Peter F. Comment Of The Week goes to Vipul J, who won with this comment:
I currently use a Samsung Galaxy S2.
At 4.3? it’s the best screen size I can ask for.
The primary condition for my main device is single handed use. I should be able to get to the extreme left letter on the keyboard, swipe the notification bar, increase the volume and lock the screen all without involving my other hand.
So in the near future if and when I upgrade, I’ll most definitely stick to this screen size or at max 4.5? (I say ‘if’ because, a dual core is quite sufficing all my needs for now, maybe I’d need a quad core later, but I cannot imagine why I’d need anything more than that, ever!)
It fits in the hand perfectly, in the pocket easily, large enough for seamless typing as well as video playing!
I don’t like the idea of buying a device that can work as both a tablet & phone (i.e. the current breed of phones flooding the market with 5?+ screens). In fact quite honestly anyone I see talking on one of these ‘phablet’ devices, looks like he is rubbing his device against his entire face! XD
Fretsome Fragmentation Floundering
Android grew rapidly from humble beginnings to become the most popular mobile operating system in the world. However, due to Android being used to power such a vast range of devices, there’s a high degree of fragmentation.
This means you may be using a different version of Android than your friends. And it means an app which works on your smartphone may not work on their smartphone. Apple’s iOS may not be as widely used as Android, but it also doesn’t have anywhere near the level of fragmentation.
Google recently unveiled a new version of Android — Android L or Android 5.0 — at Google I/O 2014. The Android L Developer Preview is already available to download, though we obviously recommend only those people who know what they’re doing actually test it out.
With the new version of Android in mind, we want to know what version of Android you are currently using. If you own more than one Android handset then a) you’re just greedy, and b) just focus on the handset you use the most.
If you’re not sure what version of Android you’re using just go into your Settings, click About Phone or About Device, and then find the
droids information you’re looking for.
Please use the poll above to tell us what version of Android you’re currently using, and then take to the comments section below to tell us why you chose Android over the alternatives. Or if you use a rival mobile operating system, tell us what made you choose iOS, Windows Phone, etc. over Android.
Get involved in the discussion and possibly win yourself a geeky T-shirt!
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