As the number of Android platforms grows, Android developers will have to face the (slightly) tough question of whether or not to support the older ones. To simplify the matter, Google’s introduced a new device dashboard.
Raphael Moll explained on the Android Developers Blog, “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.”
With this information (provided in the form of a pie chart and table), developers can decide if it’s worth their time to support dusty platforms. Catering to Android Platform 1.1 would pretty much be a waste, for example, since it appears that just 0.3 percent of devices use it anymore.
And then here’s some promising news regarding the future: Moll wrote, “We plan to update the dashboard regularly to reflect deployment of new Android platforms. We also plan to expand the dashboard to include other information like devices per screen size and so on.”