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The latest set of Android version numbers has been released by Google, showing details of the spread between various versions of the OS. As always, the stats were collected from devices accessing the Google Play Store during the last two weeks of the month. Here's a quick breakdown --

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich grew from a 2.9% share last month to 4.9% this month, marking a continuation of the slow but steady climb for the latest version of the OS. This is likely due to sales of new ICS phones like the HTC One series, as well as updates for existing phones and tablets running Gingerbread and Honeycomb.
  • Android 3.x Honeycomb stayed flat at 3.3%, likely due to slow Honeycomb tablet sales, combined with a similarly-paced update schedule for current Honeycomb tabs.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread rose from 63.7 to 64.4%, meaning people are still buying Gingerbread phones. No surprises there.
  • Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.1 Eclair steadily fell in market share, and now stand at 20.9 and 5.5% respectively. As older devices are left behind, and newer ones are updated to Gingerbread and ICS, we expect to see more of this in the months ahead.
  • Android 1.6 Donut and 1.5 Cupcake continue to soldier on with 0.7 and 0.3% of the Android market respectively. Go figure.

For some perspective, take a look at last month's numbers here. Though ICS continues to be out-represented by the likes of Eclair, we're expecting to see a big jump in the next 30 days, with the launch of devices like the AT&T HTC One X, Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE and Samsung Galaxy S3, in addition to even more updates for existing hardware. If you like looking at charts, you'll find even more at the source link.

Source: Android Developers


Reader comments

Latest Android version numbers show gains for ICS and Gingerbread


I love the explanation for the higher ICS adoption.

"This is likely due to sales of new ICS phones like the HTC One series, as well as updates for existing phones and tablets running Gingerbread and Honeycomb."

Yep, I would say updates and new sales LIKELY account for the higher adoption of ICS. :P

Why do we need the 2.3.3's and the 4.0.whatever's? Isn't 2.3 and 4.0 good enough? Doesn't seem like enough difference to divide them all. Just makes fragmentation look even worse imo

Because as end user you don't see thos changes. 4.0 (actully 3.0) contains lot of APIs changes (or rather new features) mostly in UI, which 2.3 does not support at all, which existence is now painful for developers (specially the once that make tablet apps). If you ever use Galaxy S2 with ICS you will know what i mean, this phone is one leg in 2.3 and another in 4.0 and it's not easy to miss which one is which. So as faster 2.3 dies out then better. Jellybean should not have so much dramatic changes, so transition should be faster and less painful.

No, what he is saying is why does the chart show 2.3 and 2.33 and 4.0 and 4.0.3.

Most major changes aren't released in minor point upgrades (x.x.X). So 2.3 and 2.3.3 should be considered the same. (Because really its all 2.3), and the same with 4.0 and 4.0.3.

We all know why they show the major point releases (x.X.x) because there are usually considerable changes released in those that have differences between the previous version. The same with entire different versions. (2.0, 3.0 etc etc)

Oh because they not actually listing android versions, but API Levels under Android version numbers. 2.3 is API Level 9, 2.3.3 is API Level 10,thats why you dont see 2.3.1 or 2.3.2

You might not notice but Android SDK is divided with so called API Levels, each change in API even the smallest generate new API Level. API Level is used to set Android version limiting, max and minimum Android version that user needs to your run application, defind in app manifest (file containing meta data of app, all the permissions etc, so systems and store can identify app without loading it). So 2.3.1 and 2.3.2 without any API changes are API Level 9, and they list it as 2.3

That chart is actually for developers (it's in Android SDK page) so they know what API Level to target and if it's worth to cut down users below specific API Level.

I'm happy to see there are still some HTC G1's working out there. I don't care what anybody says, they are cool.

that's a pointless survey, IMHO. Isn't the whole point to get the software updates to the latest version? Why would we care how many Android 1.0 are out there?