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There are almost 4,000 Android devices on the market, claims developer

by Doug Drinkwater

May 17 2012

OpenSignalMaps tested an array of Android tablets for the experiment
OpenSignalMaps tested an array of Android tablets for the experiment

OpenSignalMaps is the developer of a free Android app which discovers where the strongest cell signals are, but has spent some time over the last six months accumulating data which shows that there are a mighty 3,997 Android devices on the market.

Over this period, the developer tracked how many devices have downloaded its network monitoring app, and to date has recorded that the application has been downloaded onto 681,900 separate Android devices across 195 countries.

As you would expect, downloads are more prevalent among those market leading Android products, like the Galaxy S II smartphone and Samsung's Galaxy range as a whole, while there is also a very clear indication that most of these products are coming from hardware vendors in China, Korea and Taiwan. Indeed, Korea’s Samsung laid claim to 40% of the devices downloading the app from OpenSignalMaps, followed by Taiwan’s HTC.

A further drilldown into the analysis found that around 55% of the on-market Android devices are running a version Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3), with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) penetration still languishing fairly low at 8.5%.

The news is further proof that Android is not only a nightmare to develop for, but that it is also considered to be too fragmented for most enterprises to consider an Android OS when rolling out smartphones or tablets to their employees.

Of course, not everyone is sold on this idea, with Google chairman Eric Schmidt dismissing the idea of Android fragmentation back at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year. At the time, Schmidt said that consumers should start to refer to this 'fragmentation' as “differentiation”.

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