Distribution chart

As is its wont at this time of the month, Google has updated its Android platform distribution chart, and while there aren't any real shockers to be found, it's still nice to see which versions of Android are most popular.

Distribution table Distribution chart

Let's start from the top of the table: as should be expected, the number of devices running Android 1.5 (Cupcake) and 1.6 (Donut) is steadily dropping, as more and more users upgrade their devices or receive software updates. 2.1 (Éclair) is continuing to loose headway, with 17.5% of Android users running it.

Moving on to more modern versions of the OS, Froyo (Android 2.2) is still the king of the hill where stats are concerned, claiming 59.4% of users. It's important to note, however, that its numbers, too, are dropping (just last month, it accounted for 64.6% of Android devices). That's because of the Gingerbread updates that many manufacturers have begun pushing out - and it shows in Gingerbread's latest statistics. When all four versions of 2.3 are taken into account (2.3, 2.3.2, 2.3.3, and the most recent 2.3.4, which added support for video chat), the OS version is now installed on 18.6% of Android phones - a figure that's more than double what it was in June.

Sadly, Honeycomb isn't seeing quite the same growth rate - even when both of its versions (3.0 and 3.1) are combined, the tablet OS runs on just under 1% of all Android devices. Combined with the fact that that's only a 0.3% increase over last month, it doesn't exactly inspire confidence - and as we've seen lately, that's clear not only to us, but also to developers.

I suppose that's to be expected in an iPad-dominated market, though. And it wouldn't be entirely accurate to say that all is lost, especially with Ice Cream Sandwich just around the corner and those oh-so-sexy quad-core tablets on the horizon. 

But I digress. Tablets aside, these newest stats are definitely good news for Android - it seems that manufacturers are finally smartening up and getting on the update ball.

Source: Google

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • lincthra

    It should be interesting to see if this skews any once the GoogleTV devices get the 3.1 update.

  • portnoyd

    I'm sure non-ROM root access is affecting that GB number. I know it is for me.

  • Bruce

    The fact that this chart exists at all should be a complete embarrassment to Google. It's not even necessary to bring Apple into the discussion. Can you imagine a chart like this for any other Google product?

    Webmail, Google Chrome, Chromebooks are all automatically kept up to date. Google Earth and other downloadable apps can be updated by the user at any time. Android is by far the worst product that Google makes as far as updates go.

    I know it's not all Google's fault; the carriers have a lot to do with it.

    • Zomby2D

      Not only the carriers but also the manufacturers. The thing is Android is not an application but an OS that need to be compiled and provided appropriate drivers for each specific piece of hardware. There's no way Google can do this for every phone out there as everyone is entitled to modify the code as they see fit for their particular device.

    • lincthra

      Comparing this to Windows OS or Mac OS is a better comparison than 'other Google products' because it is just that... an operating system. The only reason iOS -doesn't- have this problem is because they force people into a very limited selection of hardware and apps. Windows Phone has the same fragmentation, they just don't have enough market share to even be noticed. Other than the tablet/phone difference between others and Honeycomb, fragmentation is hardly an issue anymore for Devs. If you have an Eclair or earlier phone... your phone is old. If you expect it to do new things, its time to buy a new phone.

  • Bruce

    "Not only the carriers but also the manufacturers."
    Good point.
    "... everyone is entitled to modify the code as they see fit for their particular device."
    If they want Google Marketplace, they need to get Google's approval for the modifications they make.
    There are Android apps that Google does update, like Maps and Marketplace. I'd like to see Browser, Contacts, and Calendar able to receive updates from Google having to get permission from carriers and manufacturers.

  • Bruce

    "The only reason iOS -doesn't- have this problem is because they force people into a very limited selection of hardware and apps."

    It takes more than that to break the tyranny of the carriers over mobile phone updates. If it was that easy to take Verizon and AT&T out of the update picture, others would do it.

    With about six hours of study, you can become familiar with all of Apple's iOS offerings. To do the same with Android would take you about six days.

    I'm sure that most people reading this actually enjoy learning more about mobile phone and tablet choices. I do, but I recognize that a lot of people in this world do not. Their choice is to be forced into choosing from a limited selection of hardware, or being forced into wasting six days of their life.