Every two weeks the official Android developer’s blog posts the platform versions that access the Google Play store. It’s a great snap shot for developer’s to see what versions they need to support and when a certain version of Android is starting to fall off.
The news today is that in the latest numbers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now on nearly 5% of devices that access the Google Play Store. For some that is great news as Ice Cream Sandwich is growing. For others, it’s a testament to the fragmented nature of the Android operating system.
Gingerbread is the dominant version of Android right now with a total of 64.4% across all versions of Gingerbread. Remarkably there are more devices running Android 2.2 Froyo than the newest version of Android. Even more so is the fact that Android 2.1 Eclair comes in at 5.5%, this is a version that’s now turning two years old.
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It seems like there are rumors, official leaks, and official announcements that all suggest we’re going to be hit by a huge upswing in Ice Cream Sandwich any day now. This is good news for people with devices that came out in 2011. Most of the devices prior to that are stuck at Gingerbread.
Last year at Google IO, Google and the OEM’s committed to getting releases out there quicker. If all of these reported upgrades happen in a timely fashion that goal may sort of be achieved. However by the time all the devices get upgraded we will be pretty close to another version of Android.
source: Android Developer’s Blog