Android fragmentation is no big deal, says Android co-founder

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Google’s Rich Miner, the man who co-founded Android with Andy Rubin, has weighed in on the debate as to whether the mobile OS has actually ended up being too fragmented.

And, rather unsurprisingly, he thinks it is not a significant issue.

Despite over 34 per cent of Android individuals still rocking phones holding the near three-year-old Gingerbread 2.3 version of the OS, Miner said most people simply don’t care about having the most up to date OS

Speaking at a Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council occasion this week, the Google Ventures employee explained individuals are pleased with the performance of their device, despite the OS version.

‘Consumers do not care’

He reportedly told attendees: “Us techies check out the blog sites and understand exactly what functions we might be missing.

“I think if you asked a customer, ‘Do you feel like your phone OS has to be upgraded today?’ they are rather happy with the results and the efficiency they are seeing. So I am unsure it’s a major concern. “

While that may or couldn’t be true, Milner’s opinions come at a time when just 5.6 per cent of currently-active Android phones are running the current Jelly Bean 4.2 OS.

Combined with the 32.3 per cent of phones (active throughout the 14 days getting at July 8) running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, that monicker now has the biggest percentage of individuals for the first time.

The authorities Android data specified that virtually a quarter (23.3 per cent) of users are still on the two-year-old Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Apple can do it … why cannot Google?

The criticism of Android fragmentation, makings it harder for developers to develop apps ideal for all variations of the OS, is multiplied by Apple’s capability to get a majority of users on its latest OS rapidly and quickly.

Last month, prior to the unveiling of iOS 7 it was reported that 93 per cent of all active iPhones were running the latest iOS 6.