Android version numbers

Another month, another batch of numbers showing us the percentage of devices running the various builds of Android. And the numbers haven't change greatly since our last look a month ago.

The big winners (and "big" is relative here) -- Android 2.3.3, not even the latest version of Gingerbread -- that'd be Android 2.3.4 on the Nexus S and Nexus One -- jumped from 3 percent to 8.1 percent. (Update: Google just explained that one to us: The chart's really sorted by API level, so don't worry that Android 2.3.4 isn't visible.)  Otherwise, things are as you'd expect. The older versions continue to dwindle -- Eclair's down to 21.2 percent, and Froyo's dropped a little more than a percentage point to 64.6 percent.

As for Honeycomb? Pretty much no change at 0.3 percent for Android 3.0 and Android 3.1. Now, you might be tempted to extrapolate that to the 400,000-some-odd devices being activated a day, and that'd give you about 2,400 Honeycomb devices being activated every day. But that's bad math. Remember that this chart is aggregate -- from the dawn of time until now. So you're comparing Honeycomb devices against the millions of other devices out there. Food for thought.

Source: Google Developer Blog


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Android version numbers show slight uptick in Gingerbread


On the DX? Yea, my chick's failed out 5 times and the advice in the forum was to SBF back or something....

One of the biggest problems (esp. with tablets) updates are so slow....wheyher its google or the phone companies or the service providers, needs to be fixed! We

With both the extremely popular Droid X and Evolution 4g getting Gingerbread this month that may have a noticeable effect on those numbers.

1.1% of devices running 2.3, how long has 2.3 been out for now? This fragmentation is why we will never see apps anywhere close to the level of iOS apps

Have you ever considered they may have intentionally done this with 2.3? The update to 2.3 for multiple phones is coming out (well, subversions 2.3.3, 2.3.4) now and it may have been for the better since the subversions have had improvements made and security fixes. Since Honeycomb is not for phones and the next version is ICS, which will work for phones and tablets, it is possible this was planned. With ICS, all hardware will run one Android OS, which should eliminate the always mentioned "fragmentation" argument.

Things would be so much better if the OEMs and carriers were not dragging their feet on upgrades. I am sorry but I say 3 months should be the MAX between update a OS release and an update. Security updates (like 2.3.3 to 2.3.4) should happen in under a week. None of this slow as hell crap going on.

Actually, the Honeycomb share has doubled from the last reported numbers, which had 3.0 alone as 0.3% (and no 3.1 at all). So given Google announced 100 million Android phones at IO, and adding another 12 million in May sales, I calculate total Honeycomb installed base at 672,000.

I have 2.3.4 on my milestone so does it count in ginger bread devices or do they count the official updates?

The OS upgrade cycle isn't particularly important to the carriers, so they drag their feet on it, whereas the Google phones get the upgrades first. Considering the small number of new phones that came with GB, it's not surprising that the number is low, but after the DX, EVO, Atrix, and others get the upgrade, it will be interesting to see what the numbers are.

The best way to move the numbers for GB is to get an official release for the OG Droid. Since developers have already released good versions of GB for the Droid, there is no reason that Verizon/Moto can't. No technical reason anyway, only business reasons.

I have to wonder who is still using Android 1.5 and 1.6? Third world countries, or just people buying old phones off Ebay on the cheap?

"The following pie chart and table is based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Android Market within a 14-day period ending on the data collection date noted below."

So the real number of 1.5/1.6 users is probably higher, because I doubt they're accessing the Android Market as much as the rest of us are. Then again, as a developer, you tend not to care as much about the people who never buy apps.