Version numbers

Google has released the latest breakdown of the platform version numbers, and they show Gingerbread growing in a big way.  These numbers are a snapshot of the phones and tablets that have visited the Android Market up to October 3, 2011, so it's a pretty good breakdown of just what's out there in the wild. 

As noted, Gingerbread saw a big jump of almost 8 percentage points, and almost all of it came from the Froyo column.  This means OEMs are getting their phones upgraded to the latest platform version, bringing welcome security and bug fixes along for the ride.  On the other end of the spectrum, not much has changed for phones still using version 1.5 and 1.6, they still clock in at just 2.5 percent of the total.  Honeycomb has seen a slight bump from 1.4 percent to 1.8 percent of the total, and Android 2.1 has dropped a couple tenths to 11.7 percent.

It's about what anyone would have expected, some phones are going to be stuck on older versions, and phones that can be upgraded are being upgraded, albeit slower than many would care for.  The numbers are quite favorable, with 97.5 percent of all Android devices on the 2.X codebase.  Of course, this won't look quite so good when we move to Ice Cream Sandwich, and go through the waiting game all over again.  We'll visit that one next month, hopefully.

Source: Android Developers


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Latest Android version numbers released, Gingerbread is on the rise


I'd like to act like I am pleased to see that Gingerbread is on the rise, but considering ICS will be announced next week, then be released possibly in early November, it makes me a little sad that OEMs are catching up just in time to be behind again.

I agree, why can't Google just give the OEMs a version a couple of weeks before its announced/released? It will give them a head start at least.

Honestly, I think it is an issue of both OEMs and carriers. Google makes an update. It becomes available to device manufacturers. They spend a hefty amount of time editing the OS to put their skins and customization over it. They adapt their current devices to run their newest customized version of the OS (while mostly focusing on making new devices with the new OS, so that you never feel like your technology is current). It goes to a carrier, who has to make sure it is up to their standards (read: has the proper amount of bloat installed). Then it finally gets to the consumers.

Three months ago it was mentioned that there were 550,000 Android devices activated daily and a total of 130 Million devices.

July 5th -Honeycomb was on 0.9% of 130 Million devices, making for 1.17 Million Honeycomb tablets sold and in use on the market.

August 1st - Honeycomb was on 1.3% of 146 Million devices, making for 1.9 Million Honeycomb tablets sold and in use on the market.

September 2nd - Honeycomb is on 1.4% of 163 Million devices, making for 2.28 Million Honeycomb tablets sold and in use on the market.

October 4th - Honeycomb is on 1.8% of 179 Million devices, making for 3.23 Million Honeycomb tablets sold and in use on the market.

So how many ics devices have been hitting Android central website ? I'm sure a few googles read here and have done so from the Dev device.

this is one area i would like Google to fix. they should just make it mandatory for phone company's and carries to update to the late's version of android. ICS will be announced and nexus will come out but most phones coming out will still carry gingerbread and ICS phones would be rare at first.

Its sad, but I would take a big guess that most of the phones out today will not get ICS through their carrier. I have a Tbolt... and seeing as how much of a chore it was for Verizon to approve the latest GB update and then pull it immediately after shows that my device will probably not get ICS. I'm OK with that as long as the Nexus Prime :
1) really is going to be a pure google experience device getting updates from google, not Verizon
2) actually going to verizon.

I have decided that until OEM's ditch their "skins" that integrate way too deep into the OS and provide minimal exclusive features (only thing from Sense I could miss is the DLNA... and it didn't even work right on Froyo). I see myself purchasing Twonky or just using my Transformer for media streaming... it works properly and gets updates in a timely manor. I just with Asus made phones :/

you can download this app called iMediashare from the market. working great so far on my vibrant for streaming.

I just use "ES File Explorer" and play my videos directly over Wifi using Moboplayer. The only format it does not play well is the .avi. Most 720p and lesser mkv files plays well both on my phone and tablet. Though I use it primarily on the tablet. :)

The main reason why older OS is still doing strong is because either the carrier or the phone manufacturer has not updated the ROM.

Verizon has not updated the Samsung Galaxy S in ages. The last update I got was to 2.2.
Samsung Tab 10.1 is still @ 3.1, whereas every other tablet is already running 3.2