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Android Users Embracing High Resolution, Big Screens

Android devices are overwhelmingly more likely to sport normal sized screens with a high dot per inch count, according to a report derived from a survey published on (opens in new tab).

A survey based on data collected over a seven day period ending on the 3rd of November found that 70.8 per cent of users who accessed Android Market over the period using an Android device, had a normal screen with high DPI (that's a screen between three and five inches and a pixel density between 180 and 280dpi).

Devices with normal screen size and medium DPI still account for 17.7 per cent of the market while small screens with high DPI (like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini series) account for three percent, as much as large and extra large screens on medium DPI.

What does this tells us? Well, it looks like Android tablets in general still account for a fraction of the Android market, around six per cent based on that snapshot.

Smartphones with a high pixel density (WVGA or more) still account for the majority of visits, possibly because they are by far the most populous category out there.

There appear to be a significant amount of older or entry level Android handsets possibly on HVGA resolution that developers have to cater for as well.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.