Google has released the latest of its monthly Android version distribution charts, and for the first time Android 2.3 Gingerbread is present on over half of all Android devices. A milestone, to be sure.

We also get a look at the end success rate of Honeycomb (a tablet-only version of Android), which achieved a mere 2.5% piece of the Android pie since the first Honeycomb device release back in February. Android 1.5 and 1.6 (Cupcake and Donut) have continued their march toward extinction, commanding only 2.1% of the Android population total. Android 2.2 has remained relatively steady at 35%, but is clearly on the downtrend.

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Of course, now that Ice Cream Sandwich's source code has been made available, the inevitable will occur, and Gingerbread will slowly begin its own fall into irrelevancy. It's a cycle that Android users are all too familiar with, and it's undoubtedly a love-hate relationship for some.

Like it or not, that's the way it is in the world of Android - The King is dead. Long live the King.

Android Developers