The newest Android Platform Version numbers are out, and the news is both good and bad. Android 2.2 (Froyo) now has 4.5% of the market, while Android 2.1 (Eclair) commands 59.7% – meanwhile, Android 1.5 and 1.6 (Cupcake and Donut) still account for a whopping 35.6%.
The good news in those numbers is obvious – many devices are starting to catch up, and FroYo has taken an additional 2.7% of the market – and these numbers are from before Froyo updates started popping up all over. The bad news is similarly obvious – over 1 in 3 users is still stuck on an old-school version of Android. Worse still, given the incredible uptick in Android sales, it’s likely that the Eclair numbers were given a substantial boost by the recent high-profile (and high-sales) releases of phones running 2.1 – the EVO, Galaxy S, and Droid X.
Official Froyo updates are now rolling out on many devices, including the Droid, Evo, and Desire, while many others are scheduled to receive it soon. Thus, it’s safe to assume that the percentage of devices running Android 2.2 will increase substantially between now and the end of the month, especially considering the huge market cap of the Droid.[Source: Android Developers]