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16 March 2011, 16:55

Google: more than 92% of Android devices running 2.1 or later

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Google has published an updated breakdown of the number of active devices running any given version of its Android mobile operating system. According to the Platform Versions device dashboard on the Android Developer portal, more than nine out of ten Android devices are now running version 2.1 (Eclair) or later.

According to Google, Android 2.1 devices now account for 29%, while version 2.2 makes up 61.3% – Android 1.5 and 1.6 devices only make up 3.0% and 4.0% of devices respectively. Relatively new versions of Android, 2.3 (0.7%), 2.3.3 (1%) and 3.0 (0.2%), total less than 2%.

Source: Google

The newest versions of Android have only been officially released for a handful of devices, such as the Nexus S or the Nexus One, both of which run Android 2.3, code named "Gingerbread". The only device to run the tablet version of Android, 3.0 "Honeycomb", is the Motorola Xoom, which was released in the US on 24 February – the tablet is to launch in early April. Users wanting to install Android 2.3.x on their devices without waiting for an official update from their device manufacturer can try CyanogenMod 7.0 (CM7), an unofficial modified Android firmware.

Google's Platform numbers are based on the number of Android devices that have accessed the company's Android Market within a two week period ending on 15 March.

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