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Gingerbread on 39% of Android devices

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Gingerbread on 39% of Android devices
The newest Android platform version distribution chart was quietly updated while Apple was making its big speech today. It's showing a solid uptick in Gingerbread adoption throughout the Android ecosystem, but it also points out an annoying lack of information with the distribution chart. 

Gingerbread on 39  of Android devices
According to the new numbers, Gingerbread is the big winner this month and is installed on 39% of Android devices in the wild. This isn't surprising as many devices have been getting the Gingerbread update recently. This marks a jump of 7.5% for Gingerbread over the last month. The losers, again unsurprisingly, were Froyo (2.2) which dropped from 51.2% to 45.3% and Eclair (2.0/2.1) which dropped from 13.3% to 11.7%. No real change in Cupcake or Donut, but at this point those devices aren't getting any updates. Honeycomb also saw a slight increase from 1.4% to 1.8%. 

The trouble with these numbers is in the distribution of Gingerbread versions. The chart marks Android 2.3-2.3.2 at 0.5%, and then lumps together 2.3.3-2.3.7, which amounts to 38.2%. The trouble there is that while 2.3.3 marks the major bug fix of the random reboot on Gingerbread, the major feature update was 2.3.4, which added Google Talk video chat. We'd rather see 2.3.4+ broken off from the rest in the chart, so we can get a better read on how many devices have the video chat function. 

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posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:01

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Agreed, it would be nice to see a bigger breakdown of the Android versions. I'm surprised that the oldest versions haven't changed percentages with the sales of Android devices going on.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:10

2. david heim (unregistered)


ummm.... the android gingerbread system only goes up to android 2.3.6 at the moment.... FAIL!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:19 1

3. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2649; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Nexus S was updated to 2.3.7 about 2 weeks ago.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:21 2

4. bizwhizzy (Posts: 36; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


really guy? You're calling fail on Google as if you know more about its Android ecosystem than they do? Double fail on you.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:27

5. joe (unregistered)


how many of these gingerbread phones are running it 'illegally' through root?

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:38 2

9. asrr62 (Posts: 31; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


its not illegal, you tard.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:05

6. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


Millions and i don't blame them.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 05:58 1

7. 3f1f37 (unregistered)


I have a HTC Desire and its a beatiful piece of hardware and only recently got an official 2.3.3 update while i have had gingerbread on my device since it came out. Now for how bought the desire just to use as a phone i am sure dont even care about whether its froyo or honeycomb, as long as they can call, text and take pics they're fine. Now for guy like me who likes to be on the cusp of tech advancement i am on 2.3.5 using the MIUI ROM because i choose and if i wanted i could run the same 2.3.5 with HTC's latest Sense UI, Sense 3.5 without having to purchase a new device. This is all legal since I OWN MY DEVICE as it was paid for with my salary. I am simply one of many who made the choice to jump the gun, that choice exists for everyone who uses a android device. So you can either wait for the carrier or DIY!!!

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 17:14

10. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


dont mean to troll.. but is seems that half of the Androids froyos are playing catchup to Android ICS... what happen to no phone left behind.. opps.. not on Android...

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