With the holidays drawing near, new phones and tablets will be a few of the presents under the tree. For mobile app developers, the excitement of people playing with these devices and downloading new apps is very exciting. But with new devices come new problems.
In our research of games tested for mobile devices in our China’s Game Compatibility Testing White Paper for Q1 & Q2 2015, we found a very worrying trend among games tested on the Android operating system:
This is a graph of the percentage of large errors in games by version of Android. The first big jump is in Android 2.3.X and Android 4.0. This is mostly due to their legacy and that many developers today are no longer are interested in compatibility for older phones. This leads most owners of android prior to Jelly Bean (4.1 – 4.3.1) out of luck. But with many of these devices already over 3 years old, this may be less of a problem as time goes on. Our lab is already finding the top 90% of mobile phones are moving towards more advanced operating systems already.
Many developers today are focusing on getting the best quality out of Jelly Bean and KitKat (4.4 – 4.4.4) versions and we can see from the chart above that the developers testing on our service are doing much better with these services in part of experience with the software and better architecture of both versions of Android.
What is troubling is the growth in Lollipop’s (5.0 – 5.1.1) development and Marshmallow (6.0). We have seen issues rise by over 20% due to how new Lollipop was earlier this year. Though we believe this will drop by the end of this year as developers get more acquainted to the new changes that occurred in Lollipop, we hope the same trend won’t pop up again with Marshmallow.
Marshmallow Android is already on many new devices and are already starting to become updates for some phones and tablets. We’ve already been preparing for the change and hope you are ready too. If you don’t think you are, contact us and let’s give you a free trial against many operating systems.