Android Developers Introduce Device Dashboard


Android Developers have released a new tool to aid in knowing what you’re developing for out there and help make those backward-compatibility decisions.

“To help with this kind of decision, I am excited to announce the new device dashboard. It provides information about deployed Android-powered devices that is helpful to developers as they build and update their apps. The dashboard provides the relative distribution of Android platform versions on devices running Android Market.”


“From a developer’s perspective, there are a number of interesting points on this graph:

  • At this point, there’s little incentive to make sure a new application is backward compatible with Android 1.0 and Android 1.1.
  • Close to 30% of the devices are running Android 1.5. To take advantage of this significant install base, you may consider support for Android 1.5.
  • Starting with Android 1.6, devices can have different screen densities & sizes. There are several devices out there that fall in this category, so make sure to adapt your application to support different screen sizes and take advantage of devices with small, low density (e.g QVGA) and normal, high density (e.g. WVGA) screens. Note that Android Market will not list your application on small screen devices unless its manifest explicitly indicates support for “small” screen sizes. Make sure you properly configure the emulator and test your application on different screen sizes before uploading to Market.
  • A new SDK for Android 2.0.1 was released last week. All Android 2.0 devices will be updated to 2.0.1 before the end of the year, so if your application uses features specific to Android 2.0, you are encouraged to update it to take advantage of the latest Android 2.0.1 API instead.”

They intend to add additional functions to the dashboard as well – including a breakdown of screen sizes.

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[Android Developers]


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  1. well, i guess this helps make dealing with the fragmentation of the android market a bit easier.

  2. Google needs to get all of the android phones running on the same version of Android.

  3. @Ben
    well that’s impossible especially with the number of smartphones out there running on Android especially the ones with the customized Android (instead of out-of-the-box android) such as HTC Hero, LG phone or Huwawei.
    This is not even possible on the iphone.

  4. @Ben
    That isn’t possible with any computer. When you go out and buy software it has minimum requirements… you can not expect Microsoft Office 2007 to work on windows 95/98. So should Microsoft force all of its users to upgrade to Windows 7? EVEN if it makes the 95/98 computers practically unusable because they can’t handle it?

  5. Besides, there are only a few versions. Hopefully by the time 2.1 comes out, the 1.5 devices are getting updated to 1.6, and 2.1 doesn’t look to be significantly changed from 2.0. Hopefully, by the time the next significant release comes out, 1.6 or even 2.0 will be the lowest common denominator.

  6. Yes, they do need to upgrade all phones to eclair (2.0) because I for one am tired of not being able to use what have become standard Bluetooth features on most phones, hands-free calling and contact transfer neither of which is available on my droid eris running 1.5. Most phones $50 and under even have those features yet my $200.00 phone doesn’t support it?! Stop making excuses and update them! Other than that the eris is a great phone.

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