The latest Android platform versions distributions chart was announced yesterday after the Android Developers’ website collected data for two weeks, and the share results reaped a few surprising figures.
Gingerbread gobbled 55 percent of the share, and Froyo landed at second place with 30 percent. However, according to last month’s results, Gingerbread increased from 50.6-percent while Froyo decreased from 35.3-percent. The statistical difference may be due to Froyo smartphones receiving an upgrade or Gingerbread smartphones seeing an increase in activations over the holiday season. Google recently announced it added 3.7 million devices on Christmas.
Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, is making the biggest amount of noise with these latest results. Ice Cream Sandwich devices -only the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S for now- account for just .6-percent of the share of all of the devices that have called the Android market in the last two weeks. If that total is near the 200 million that Google announced in November, that means over a million Galaxy Nexus Devices have been activated in the few weeks since release.
Ice Cream Sandwich unveiled at the “May 2011 Google I/O” event, and it officially launched Oct. 19, 2011.
Eclair slid down the totem pole with 8.5-percent of the share, down from 9.6-percent last month. Meanwhile, Honeycomb accounted for 3.3-percent, which is a notable jump from the 2.3-percent. Its small percentage may correlate to the number of Android smartphones available thus having a negative impact on Honeycomb’s minimal existence.
The two oldest Android platforms, Cupcake and Donut, came in first and second places, respectively, with a combined 1.7-percent of the share.
Ice Cream Sandwich’s share is sure to climb over the next few months; however, significant leaps will only occur when OEMs start to update Gingerbread devices and after new devices launch with the operating system preinstalled.