Recent figures have shown that Android 2.1 and 2.2 better known as Froyo and Eclair are the dominating operating systems on all of Android’s devices. A resounding 86% of Android’s devices run 2.1 and 2.2, with Froyo itself claiming two thirds of the market.
Mashable has reported that 64.6% of devices fly the Frozen Yogurt flag, with 21.2% enjoying the sweet delights of Eclair. Android 2.3 which is known to you and I as Gingerbread has managed to gather a user base of 9.6%, which is actually very good considering how long it has been available. Gingerbread is used on tablets as well as smartphones with the HTC Flyer being supported by the 2.3 platform. If you plan to update your Motorola Droid X with Gingerbread, then beware as it could render your smartphone unusable. Read more here.
The latest version of Android is Honeycomb 3.0 and 3.1 which is tablet specific. It is used on a range of tablets including the Motorola Xoom, but only has a small following with around 2.5%. We know that the next version of Android is 4.0 and will be nicknamed “Ice Cream Sandwich”, with a late 2011 release date being thrown around.
The first versions of Android which are 1.5 and 1.6 are being ground down to next to nothing as software updates are regularly offered. Those obsolete versions of Android no longer need to be supported and will eventually fade out. Their slight problem is that Eclair is still widely used, Froyo isn’t going anywhere, and Gingerbread is slowly gaining momentum. Leave us your thoughts on how Android will look by the end of the year.