Android Versions

Welcome to another exciting edition of "Who's using which Android version!" -- the game show that takes a look at the various versions of Android floating around out in the world, and the percentage of devices using them.

Unsurprisingly, Android 2.2 Froyo leads the way for the past two weeks at 59.4 percent, but that's down from 64.6 percent for the two weeks ending June 1. Android 2.3 Gingerbread doubled to 18.6 percent (that's combining Android 2.3, 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and 2.3.4). And Honeycomb -- Android 3.0 and 3.1 -- ticked up ever so slightly to 0.4 percent and 0.5 percent respectively.

Again, the Honeycomb numbers represent tablets compared to the entirety of Android devices out there. But it's probably safe to say they're not catching on as quickly as Google and hardware manufacturers would have liked.

Source: Android Developer site

 

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Gingerbread's percentages double as Froyo starts to dip

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Likely any phones running 1.5/1.6 are people with those older devices, still holding on to them, using them, and not knowing any better to upgrade their phone or their software.

(Edit: Yes, I totally forgot about the Moto i1.)

What are you going on about?

This shows the breakdown of what OS Android devices currently have installed. It has nothing to do with what OS could be installed and it doesn't care if it's stock or custom.

Also Cyanogenmod is small potatoes in greater scheme of things with only a few hundred thousand installs.

Not dipping fast enough. Tbolt needs bread. And where's that update after July 6th. Today's the 7th. Already past second quarter.

I feel like the Honeycomb numbers will jump a fair amount when/if the 7" tablets get the upgrade. I'd like to see it, though I'm not holding my breath (still waiting for Gingerbread on my Sprint Galaxy Tab.)

Why is this surprising at all. a bunch of gingerbread devices came out last month as well as the big Droid X update. i just wish they'd bring all the devices up to the latest. maybe when ice cream sandwich comes they will start keeping devices in lock step.

The Droid X, OG Evo 4G, and Evo Shift 4G got GB updates... Couple that with THE HTC Sensation, HTC Evo 3D and Droid X2 launches, and you get a significant GB bump.

HTC Inspire 4G still doesn't have Gingerbread officially. Strange that no leaks nor any rumors about the Inspire getting Gingerbread have come out. Come on AT&T ...please update the Inspire. Since the Desire HD has been updated it can't be that hard to get on the ball here. Please no rooting comments.

500,000 activations a day times .9% is 4,500 Honeycomb tablet activations a day.

So about 135,000 Honeycombs/month, at the latest Android activation rate. No wonder developers don't give a crap about porting their apps for Honeycomb.

There is so much wrong with this line of reasoning, I don't know where to even begin.

First off, I assure you that if there were 135,000 activations of Honeycomb devices every month, Developers would surely be interested in developing for it, seeing to how its still more than WP7 devices currently being sold.

Now, on to your original assessment. I really hate to be the math police here, but this is simply BAD MATH! No, I don't mean calculations-wise, I mean logic-wise.

The .9% listed in the chart is a representation of the percentage of Honeycomb devices that have accessed the market in a 2 week window. This is meant to be a metric of how well the Honeycomb platform is doing compared to the WHOLE OF ANDROID DEVICES CURRENTLY IN USE!

Basically, number of Android Devices currently in use DOES NOT EQUAL number of devices currently being sold. So, that 500,000 devices/day number should not be used to extrapolate the number of honeycomb devices being sold by using its Android platform market share percentage. The truth is that Honeycomb devices could be selling better, or worse.

Now, if you want an idea, Google recently announced back at I/O that they recently have activated their 100,000,000th device. So, using the .9% estimate, we can assume that there are about 900,000 Honeycomb devices currently in use.

Thats a relatively low number, but thats to be expected for now. its gonna take a minute for Google to fully penetrate the tablet market.

Finally,
Using that 900,000 number, we can estimate that Honeycomb devices are selling at an average of a 200,000/ month. Since they first went on sale on Feb 24, 2011.

"Now, if you want an idea, Google recently announced back at I/O that they recently have activated their 100,000,000th device. So, using the .9% estimate, we can assume that there are about 900,000 Honeycomb devices currently in use."
Talk about bad math. The 100 million activations is over the entire lifetime of Android's existence. Honeycomb has been around for about 5 months. So you have to take .9% of the past 2 weeks of sales, since that is what Google's numbers are pointing to. If you read the previous AC stories, you'll see that HC was at .3%. HC has never been consistently at .9%, as you are assuming.

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"So you have to take .9% of the past 2 weeks of sales, since that is what Google's numbers are pointing to."

Wrong again!!!

Reread the article and the chart. This numbers are NOT representative of the past two weeks of sales. But, they represent the past two weeks of market access by Android Devices all over the world. So in the two weeks this metric was being measured, out of all the android devices that accessed the market, .9% of them were Honeycomb. Now, you can't assume that every Android device in existence accessed the market in those two weeks. But considering the popularity of apps and app curiosity, it would make for a great sample size. Now I don't have enough data to extrapolate a margin for error, but its safe to assume that if .9% of this "sample size" were Honeycomb devices, then its a safe bet that the actual percentage is around that same neighborhood.

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"If you read the previous AC stories, you'll see that HC was at .3%"

I have read the previous articles. And yes, you are correct. A couple months ago, that number was around .3% for Honeycomb devices. But, #1, those numbers came from the same source that's being presented here, using the same method to collect the data. #2, During that time, the Motorola Xoom was the only Honeycomb tablet being sold. Now we have Honeycomb tablets from several manufacturers on the market in different countries overseas. Because of this, it makes since that Honeycomb has tripled its Android market share since that time.

And you sound like a person who has never owned an android Honeycomb.
Brother, try the Asus Transformer, you'll like it.
Amen.