Google’s monthly platform distribution numbers show the ecosystem continues to slowly but surely move away from its once prominent fragmentation problem.
KitKat market share jumped another five percent, now running on 30 percent of devices that checked in to the Play Store last month. That may sound problematic, but the bigger picture reveals how far we have come. Now 81 percent of devices are running Android 4.1 or higher, which is usually what you need for compatibility with the typical Android app.
Why this matters: Fragmentation is a never-ending complaint about the Android ecosystem. Yet the bump up for KitKat, and pledge by many OEMs to quickly deliver Lollipop, is one of the most promising signs that the impact on the average Android owner is minimal. The Play Store is seeing apps get Material Design makeovers almost daily, so the momentum is there for a more consistent experience for users, and fewer compatibility problems for developers.