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We're starting out with some Android development in our company, and I'm working out which Android versions we should support.

In one of Google's videos from 27th May 2010 (22:34 minutes in) there is a pie chart showing roughly a third of users each for Android 1.5, 1.6 and 2.1.

Does anyone have a more up-to-date source for the percentages of active Android users using each version of the platform?

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This question probably belongs on StackOverflow. but as a developer, it's pretty easy to set the minsdk = android 1.5, and the target = latest version of android (2.2 or 2.3, etc). You can then support all versions, you just have to be careful if you need a specific API that only exists in later versions of Android. –  Bryan Denny Jan 6 '11 at 18:02
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@bryan I think this is a good place for this question -- I deleted the duplicate on meta as this is not a meta question (eg it is ABOUT android itself, not our website) –  Jeff Atwood Jan 7 '11 at 1:33
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@Jeff Agreed. He's a developer but he's not really asking a dev question. –  Matthew Read Jan 7 '11 at 18:22
    
The question says users, but it really means devices. Now that tablets are mainstream, a lot of people have multiple Android devices and they may not all be the same version of Android. –  Al E. May 2 '13 at 13:35

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Checkout the Platform Versions page on the Android Developer web site.

Data as of September 9, 20141

Version       Codename       Distribution
2.2            Froyo             0.7%
2.3.3-2.3.7    Gingerbread      11.4%
4.0.3-4.0.4    Ice Cream         9.6%
               Sandwich
4.1.x          Jelly Bean       25.1%
4.2.x                           20.7%
4.3                              8.0%
4.4            KitKat           24.5%

1 Data collected during a 7-day period ending on September 9, 2014. Any versions with less than 0.1% distribution are not shown. (Note: Beginning in September, 2013, devices running versions older than Android 2.2 do not appear in this data because those devices do not support the new Google Play Store app. As of August, 2013, devices with versions lower than 2.2 accounted for about 1% of all devices.)

Android version distribution

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Good job finding a resource which should stay up-to-date. –  Al E. Jan 6 '11 at 19:01
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Just a tiny side note for those who don't follow the link: That data is based on devices hitting Google Play (I presume this includes devices checking for updates), so it should be representative of devices in general use. –  Michael Kohne Jul 3 '12 at 13:27

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