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Android fragmentation rears its ugly head once again

zacharye (2330148) writes | more than 2 years ago

Android 2

zacharye (2330148) writes "Google updated its Android version tracker on Monday, revealing that the latest version of its mobile operating system — Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — has more than doubled its installed base over the past month. Unfortunately, that only carries Google’s current Android build to a 2.9% share of all devices. Combined with Honeycomb, this means that as of March 2nd, just 6.2% of Android devices are now running a modern version of Android. Meanwhile, the bulk of Android devices run the 15-month-old Gingerbread operating system (63.7%) and the second most popular version of the platform is the 23-month-old Froyo OS (23.1%). First unveiled in October 2009 and currently at 6%, Android 2.1 Eclair is still found on nearly as many devices as Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich combined..."
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SNI (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39561539)

The HTTPS Everywhere initiative assumes that HTTPS hosting is as cheap as HTTP hosting. Ordinary HTTP/1.1 allows upwards of a thousand domains on a single IP address through the Host: header. HTTPS, on the other hand, allows only one certificate per IP address/port combination without an optional extension called Server Name Indication (SNI), which is HTTPS's counterpart to the Host: header. Two major web browsers still don't support SNI; these include Internet Explorer on Windows XP and Android Browser on Android 2.x. This means a web site generally needs to have its own IPv4 address, and this can become expensive now that IPv4 addresses are officially exhausted. IE on XP will fall out of extended support two years from this month; how long will it take to get all Android 2 devices upgraded or replaced with Android 4 or later?

so what? (1)

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER (2473494) | more than 2 years ago | (#39562047)

I have two Android devices. I have no idea which version they're running. As long as I can make calls and surf the web, I simply don't care.
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