Google has just updated the Android platform’s version numbers for the month of June and it hasn’t changed all that much since last month. While Android 2.2. Froyo is still leading the pack with over 60% of all devices, it is beginning to see a slight decline to make way for Gingerbread.
Gingerbread is almost in double-digit numbers as it stands today, which is a good thing but it’s hardly impressive. Since the API levels between 2.3.3. and 2.3.4 are the same, the latter won’t be carving out its own piece of the pie. Collectively at 9.2% Gingerbread is slowly growing and will eventually take the reins from Froyo as the year goes on, and hopefully in a timely manner. Froyo itself is still on 64.6% of all Android devices today but we’ll likely begin to see it decline in the months going forward due to handset-makers shipping new phones with Gingerbread pre-installed and popular, older Android handsets receiving the update, like the Droid X and EVO 4G.
Android 2.1 just won’t die and it’s still almost a quarter of all running devices. It also doesn’t help that AT&T and Sony Ericsson seriously went forward with the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10 instead of killing it off and going with Froyo. Android 2.1 was introduced in January of 2010 alongside the Nexus One, making it about a year and a half old. Do yourself a favor before you grab and Android phone: check what version it’s on and don’t even consider it if it’s below version 2.2. Sorry, X10.
Cupcake and Donut collectively make up a little less than 5% of the pie, and we’re happy to see it leave. Still, we have our respect for Cupcake, as it brought one feature that differentiates Android from the rest – widgets. Third-party widgets, at least.
Last but not least is Honeycomb, and we’d like to say it’s seen better days, but it hasn’t. Both Android 3.0 and 3.1 make up a mere 0.6% of Android devices today. It will take more than a couple of tablets on the market to see Honeycomb’s percentage increase, and soon we’ll see just that. With a new Honeycomb tablet announced pretty much everyday, not to mention that it will be going to Google TV later this summer, Honeycomb will do just fine in the long run.