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03 April 2012, 10:52

Google: nearly two thirds of Android devices run Gingerbread

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Android logo Newly released figures from Google show that Android 2.3.x, known as "Gingerbread", is still the most popular version of the company's open source mobile operating system. According to the Platform Versions device dashboard on the Android Developer portal, devices running version 2.3.x now account for 63.7% of the total number of Android devices in use, up more than 5% compared to 58.6% two months ago; these figures are based on the number of Android devices that accessed the company's Android Market within a two week period ending on 2 April.

The second most popular version continues to be Android 2.2 "Froyo", first released in June 2010, with 23.1% of all devices, down from 27.8% in February. Usage of other older versions of Android continues to decline as well: version 2.1, known as "Eclair", now accounts for just 6.0%, and devices running 1.5 (Cupcake) and 1.6 (Donut) make up only 0.7% and 0.3% respectively.

Zoom Distribution of Android versions based on devices accessing the Android Market

Tablet devices running Android 3.0 to 3.2 "Honeycomb" total 3.3%, while the newest version of Google's Android OS, 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" (ICS), continues to slowly gain ground with 2.9%. The ICS numbers will continue to rise at the expense of older versions as updates for existing devices, such as the HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S II, and new devices like the HTC One series, which ship with the OS, are released.

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