90% of Android devices now running 2.2 and later
According to the latest monthly figures released by Google, for the first time, over 90% of Android devices are running Android version 2.2 or later. Of the total, just under 60% are running the latest smartphone version, 2.3.x Gingerbread, a number that is only growing slowly – up 3 percentage points in the last month – suggesting that updates are not happening quickly; also, many devices are still being sold with Android 2.2, Froyo. The speed with which that share – currently 28% – is coming down has slowed recently, having fallen only by about 3 percentage points a month since November. Versions prior to 2.2 are now running on only 9.2% of devices. Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich, takes the smallest share at just 1%.
The figures are published on the Platform Versions device dashboard on the Android Developer portal. The figures are released in order to help Android application developers understand the distribution and trends in the devices currently in use. The numbers also include the API level associated with the various Android versions. Gingerbread, for example, has two API levels associated with it, 9 and 10; the vast majority of devices are running the latter. The current figures are based on data collected during a two-week period up to 1 February 2012.
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