Last Updated: August 20th, 2012

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.


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.

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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.

  • Tyler C

    The "kind" is dead! ;]

  • http://google Keenan

    "Gingerbread will slowly begin its own fall into irrelevancy. It's a cycle that Android users are all too familiar with"

    this statement is very funny, but only for the fact that existing devises that are older than a few months and not a nexus device will not be getting ICS and in fact are just now getting a non F*ed up version update of 2.3. (HTC Incredible here, force updated mid November) i fear that while this device is still a great handset it will not, unless i root it, ever receive the ICS update.

    • Jason

      The Droid Incredible is over one and a half years old. That's not very new at all.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    It's depressing to see that it takes 1 whole year for 50% of all Android handsets to see the latest Android OS of LAST YEAR.

    What that means is, whatever Google's vision of mobile computing is, it will take at least 1 year to reach half of its target audience. I am not even counting on features that are hardware dependent, but no where to be found in most Android smartphones (yes, I am talking about NFC.)

    • Alex

      They're no-where to be found because they're utterly useless for the majority of customers. Even in the US there are barely any NFC use cases, and in the UK there are literally none - not to mention no Google Wallet either way.

      Not much point caring about a feature that won't get any use before your contract is up and it's time to upgrade anyway.

  • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

    November 16th at the Google Music event, Google announced that there were 200 million Android devices activated and in use up to that point. They also said that they were activating at a rate of 550 000 devices a day.

    Given those numbers then with today's platform version number's Android should now be at 207.7 million devices. With 97.9% running 2.1 or higher, 88.3% running 2.2 or higher and 53% running 2.3 or higher.

    Of those 207.7 million devices 2.4% are running Honeycomb, which means there are now 4.98 million Honeycomb tablets sold and in use today. Which is a nice jump from the 3.42 million devised from the October 14th numbers.

    • Level380

      Nice breakdown.... Thanks for doing it

  • Rowan

    According to this chart no one is on 2.3.5? i.e. the latest official Galaxy S version of Android.