Right on schedule, Google has yet again updated their Android version distribution charts.


Immediately one notices that Android 2.1 now controls 53.1% of the Android device population. This is in stark contrast to mid-May; when 2.1 accounted for little over 30% of the operating system distribution. The major changes, summarized below:

  • Android 1.5 and 1.6 have shrunk to a combined 44.8% of the Android population; Android 2.1 and 2.2 devices now represent the majority of the distribution.
  • Android 2.0.1 has all but evaporated in the wild.
  • Android 2.1 is run on 53.1% of Android devices.
  • Android 2.2 adoption hovers around 1.8% (this includes non-standard 2.2 ROM’s that can access the Market)

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Fragmentation has long been the buzzword of Android critics and users alike; but it appears that the combined effort to upgrade 1.5 and 1.6 devices to 2.1, in consort with increasing sales of new Android devices worldwide, has provided 2.1 a massive boost in the Android OS share. The limited adoption of 2.2 can be easily explained; the only device to receive an official 2.2 upgrade thus far is the Nexus One, and and that rollout still isn’t complete.

Overall, it appears Google is finally getting a handle on the fragmentation ‘bogeyman’; of course, only time will tell if Gingerbread’s eventual release will start the cycle all over again.

Source: Google

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.