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I want to build app for android phones so which platform should i choose?
what if i want to upgrade or downgrade from present platform? do i need other platform too?
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Updated 25-Aug-12 2:25am
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Christian Graus 22-Aug-12 11:43am
   
I suspect you need to choose the lowest platform that has all the APIs you need, it will then work on any platform above that.

It depends on your needs. All platforms are to my knowledge backward compatible (e.g. an app for 2.3 will run fine on 4.0). In general, work with the lowest platform that meets your project's requirements to reach the largest audience. If you need the features of a newer platform, use that one instead.
   
You can choose android 2.2 as i do it for application development.As all platforms are backward compatible,so choose such platform that will meet user requirement
   
Check this link out:

http://www.androidcentral.com/ice-cream-sandwich-now-71-percent-all-android-smartphones[^]

Looks like if you develop for 2.1 / 2.2 you'll be able to get almost everyone. Obviously you'll have to choose a newer platform if these don't have what you need.
   
Android 2.2 platform stands apart from all other platforms for developing mobile apps. but if you want to develop apps for tablets, Android 3.1 will work fine.
Hope it helps.
Regards:
Sahil Mahajan(eMM jAY)
   
You have to target the lowest platform as others say because that makes sure that you cover much more devices that are currently in use. I would recommend android 2.3 based on the current android versions on the currently active devices: http://opensignalmaps.com/reports/fragmentation.php[^]
Your app will run fine even on tablets but you might wanna detect if it runs on a tablet and put together your UI much differnetly. Or in extreme cases you might wanna release a separate app for tablets (but android 2.3 can also be fine there). Our game was released with android 2.3 with 4 packages for mobile phones - because of the different texture compression formats supported by different gpus, and we released the game in 4 packages for tablets - the tablet version contains higher quality textures for each supported gpu.
   

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