Google took longer than usual to update the Android version numbers this month, but they have finally arrived. Even with the debut of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and 3.0 Honeycomb, Android 2.2 Froyo still commands over 60% of devices today.
Coming in at 61.3%, Android 2.2 Froyo will likely remain in the lead for some time, and at this point, one shouldn’t even consider an Android device that isn’t running at least the 2.2 version of Google’s mobile OS. However, with two versions of Gingerbread already out, and possibly the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich at Google I/O, Froyo is beginning to look longer and longer in the tooth. It’s a great version of Android OS, but it’s almost a year old at this point.
Gingerbread now has two versions, with 2.3.3 grabbing a full 1% in just one month. This is likely do the fact that Google made the update available for both the Nexus One and Nexus S, and the fact that Android 2.3.3, along with 3.0, may begin to see the most growth in the coming months.
Speaking of Android 3.0, Honeycomb has officially made its debut on the chart with a whopping 0.2%. This isn’t at all surprising, given there’s only one device running the software, officially. As more Honeycomb tablets make their way to shelves, this version of the OS stands a good chance of skyrocketing, but that’s to say we’ll be seeing more affordable options very soon.
Eclair just won’t die and still managed to hold on to nearly 30% of all devices. 2.1 has been slowly shrinking over the months, as many devices have been able to receive the Froyo update. Still, 30% is a big chunk of the pie. Cupcake and Donut collectively make up less than 8% of the pie, so let’s hope the same happens to Eclair in the near future.
Google has a few versions of the OS still in the oven, like Android 2.4, which is said to still be under the Gingerbread branch, as well as Ice Cream Sandwich, which will bridge Gingerbread and Honeycomb together. We’re still in the dark as to what version number Ice Cream Sandwich will receive, but Big G will make all things known in due time.