For a few hours I have been struggling with finding the right Android ROM for my HTC Desire 816 without success – one or the other important component keeps on crashing and I am having to download different versions of the Android operating system. But that’s a different story.
Which version of the Android operating system are you currently using? This Fortune news report says that only 7.5% users are using the latest Marshmallow Android operating system. The news report further links to the figures released by Google regarding which Android operating system version is being currently used the most by users worldwide.
According to the figures available, 35% are using Android 5.0 Lollipop. 32.5 are still running Android 4.4 KitKat that was released three years ago.
Why does it matter which version of the Android operating system you are using?
A quick update: while writing this blog post I was able to install the Marshmallow version of Android on my HTC Desire 816. Don’t pay much attention to the Cyanogenmod variant of Android. You may end up wasting lots of time. Go for the straightaway version that comes from the company – much better.
Every new version of the Android operating system (or for that matter any operating system) brings you new features, takes care of the security vulnerabilities existing in the previous version and overall, tries to give you a better experience. This is why the latest devices mostly come with the latest version of the operating system.
What version of the Android operating system you’re using also matters to developers making apps. There are certain capabilities that exist in the various versions of the Android operating system and accordingly they can build apps to leverage these capabilities and if they cannot leverage these capabilities, their apps should still be able to function even then. While creating apps for the most advanced operating system available in their environment, the app developers also need to take care of the lowest common denominator. This is why it’s important for the developers to know what version of the Android operating system you are using.