Android versions

Google has released the numbers for the different platform versions accessing the Android Market ending Aug. 1, and there are no big surprises. Froyo still leads the pack with over 55 percent of devices running it, down about 10 percentage points because we're seeing a jump in devices running Android 2.3.3 or 2.3.4. The full breakdown is in the chart above, but if we take a quick comparison to the last time we looked at numbers, we see Android 1.5 shrinking by 0.4 percentage points, Android 1.6 dropping a half-percentage point, Eclair dropping a whopping 6 percentage points, and Honeycomb being split up into three versions for 1.3 percent total, up a full percentage point.

In simpler terms, like the ones used for other mobile operating systems, only 3.3 percent of all Android phones are not running version 2.x of the OS.  In more realistic terms, well outside of any reality distortion machinery, 18.3 percent of Android phones can't run applications designed for all devices.  It's a number that's slowly improving, and we hope to see the trend continue.

Source: Android Developer


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Latest Android version numbers are out; Froyo still rules the roost


I would like to know the difference between the amount of ppl on 2.3.3 compared to 2.3.4

I want google/skype video chat on my DINC2 dammit!! Tango ain't cuttin it!

I gotta be honest, gingerbread on the DX has been rather disappointing. I don't like how the typing pops up this baby blue when typing. The battery life has improved some over froyo, but the overall speed has not. I find that the live wall papers make screen scrolling lag where in froyo they were smooth. Not that I used them alot but still. Moto icons didn't change and still looked just ok.

If it weren't for go launcher ex, I would've gone back to froyo on this phone. Froyo was really good on the DX for me.

Perhaps, but only if Ice Cream Sandwich is considered the equivalent of Windows 7... I expect it to be much more widely adopted by OEM's. And the fact that it will be running across both phones and tablets will help to boost its numbers as well.

While Honeycomb still represents an understandably small portion of the Android distribution pie... its growth rate within Android's ever increasing pie looks pretty healthy! Especially considering that it is an OS that hasn't even seen it's first holiday season yet.

Of course, it will be short-lived with the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich... I doubt many, if any, tablet makers will continue producing Honeycomb tablets after the end of this year. And these charts will not provide ANY informative data about tablet sales in 2012 :-(.... Although I guess that's good news for Android developers.

Yeah I agree. Just four weeks ago it was 0.9% of 130 million devices which put it at 1.17 million Honeycomb tablets. With a growth rate of 550 000 devices per day the total number of devices should now be at 146 million. With Honeycomb on 1.3% of devices it's total should now be at 1.9 million tablets. Which is fairly decent growth for a month.