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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Android OS Fragmentation: Gingerbread Rising To 44.4% – Overtaking Froyo

Android OS Fragmentation: Gingerbread Rising To 44.4% – Overtaking Froyo:
Google regularly releases a chart concerning the distribution of Android platforms amongst active devices. According to the newest chart, which came out last week, Gingerbread has overtaken Froyo in terms of market share.

The histotical distribution clearly shows the very steady increase of Gingerbread (2.3) throughout the past 6 months, and at the same time a more and more decreasing growth of Froyo (2.2).

Below you can see the exact percentages for each platform. For those who did not know the sweet codenames of each version by heart, Google has inserted an extra column with the dessert names.

As we can see from this table, Froyo still holds an impressive 40.7%, but has been pushed back to second place by Gingerbread, which accounts currently for 44.4% of all active devices. Gingerbread has overtaken Froyo for the first time since its release in December 2010.

Eclair, although falling back 4.5% in the last 3 months, still reigns 10.7% of the market, although having been released more than 2 years ago, in October 2009.

Tablet-oriented Honeycomb is currently at 1.9%, showing a modest increase from 1.1% in August. It might not go any further up, as version 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich is on its way, which was built to function well on both smart smartphones and tablets. It made its debut on October 19th on the Galaxy Nexus, and should roll out globally throughout November.

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