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Data Snapshot: The Beginnings of Fragmentation for Apple

Fragmentation on Android is an ongoing challenge for developers. But they’ve gotten pretty familiar with the wide spread in versions of the OS used by consumers on the vast array of Android devices?with different screen sizes, resolutions, etc. in use. The world of Apple is generally much simpler. However with WWDC taking place this week and the announcement of iOS 7, we took a look at how the combination of iOS versions and range of Apple devices combine to make life slightly more challenging for app devs.

This Data Snapshot looks at activity worldwide from May 6 to June 6, 2013. The two charts in this Data Snapshot have activity segmented by OS version and device for Apple devices and devices running the Android OS.

Apple: OS version by Device

This chart looks at version of iOS (ex. 6.1.3) by device (ex. iPhone4,1). To look at iOS activity by OS version visit the iOS Versions report on Mixpanel Trends. While all the activity is happening on iOS 6, there is a spread of consumer activity across minor versions (ex. 6.1.3 vs. 6.1.4). Pretty straight forward. Now when you segment OS version by device version things get more interesting. The biggest concentration of activity is on iPhone 4.1 running iOS version 6.1.3 at 32% and the four biggest combinations of iOS version and device account for 71% of activity.

Android: OS version by Device

Here’s the much more familiar world of Android. This chart looks at version of the Android OS (ex. 4.1.2) by device (ex. GT-I9300). To look at Android activity by OS version visit the Android OS Versions report on Mixpanel Trends. On the OS level, activity is spread across version 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and version 2 (Gingerbread). There is a much greater spread of activity across combinations of OS version and device. The biggest concentration of activity is on the GT-I9300 (Samsung Galaxy) at 23% and the four biggest combinations of iOS version and device account for only 50% of activity.

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