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Feb
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Google released its monthly update of the Android version distribution charts today, and the battle against fragmentation is slowly being won.

Froyo now accounts for almost 60% of all Android devices, with Éclair hovering around 30%. Donut and Cupcake now make up only one tenth of all Android devices in the wild. Compare that to only 6 months ago, when they took up over 35% of the pie. Android's evolution is certainly impressive, and it doesn't seem like it'll be slowing down any time soon.

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Gingerbread represents around 1% of the Android population right now according to Google, which makes sense, as the Nexus S remains the only Android handset being sold with Android 2.3. That 1% presumably includes devices running unofficial Gingerbread builds as well, such as Gingerbread AOSP for the Nexus One or Cyanogen Mod 7. Undoubtedly the number will increase in the coming months.

With Honeycomb soon being added to the mix, will Google publish separate tablet and phone charts? It certainly wouldn't hurt - adding another version of Android or more into a single visual representation would only give credence to the perception that Android has a major OS fragmentation problem, and that's publicity Google probably doesn't want.

Google via Android Central

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.

  • jr

    Fuck that everyone get updates google gotta take over not oem

  • Josh

    Here's to being in the 1% of Gingerbread!

    On my HTC Hero!

  • Deon

    Didn't google do something with 2.2 to make upgrades easier? I remember reading about it being a feature. Because upgrading from 1.5 to 1.6 was a pain, it required custom UI's and programs be rewritten, and then 1.6 to 2.0 and 2.0 to 2.1 were major undertakings, again requiring a breakdown of all customizations and a redo. But 2.2 was supposed to be more modular or something, making it easier to upgrade from 2.2 to anything beyond, presumably 2.3 and 2.4, etc.

  • deon

    What's that % on 1.5? Looks like 5% maybe. Didn't know there were that many cliq xt's out there.

  • Geraldo

    I don't see the word "Verizon" anywhere in the post, only in the title. Why is it even there?

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