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Froyo still on majority of Android devices, but down 10% from last survey

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Froyo still on majority of Android devices, but down 10% from last survey
The latest breakdown of OS software build on Android devices shows that Froyo still leads the way. Android 2.2 is on 55% of Android branded phones and tablets. But while still a clear majority, Froyo has lost 10% of its share since the last report as the Gingerbread build has become more ingrained into the Android platform.

Following Android 2.2 is the 23.7% of Android devices powered by Android 2.3.3 and the top of the line 2.3.4. One of the major differences between the two is that the latter is enabled for gTalk video chat. 15.2% of Android powered phones and tablets still run Android 2.1 while the 2% of Android 1.6 follows.

The survey was conducted over a two-week period ended August 1st, 2011 and shows that of the tablet optimized Honeycomb builds, Android 3.1 has the largest share among all Android devices with .7%, followed by the .4% of Android 3.0 and the .2% of Android 3.2

As more phones get updated to Gingerbread, we should continue to see Froyo's percentage drop while Gingerbread eventually takes over the majority of Android models. By that time, Ice Cream Sandwich should start to appear in a small number of phones.

source: Google via AndroidCentral

Despite losing 10% of its share of Android phones since the last survey, Android 2.2 still is in the majority of Android handsets

Despite losing 10% of its share of Android phones since the last survey, Android 2.2 still is in the majority of Android handsets

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posted on 03 Aug 2011, 00:55 4

1. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Every time i look at android software i get hungry. Cant we get a name not about food.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 01:05 3

3. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

after ice cream sandwich is vanilla wafer, then cookies and cream, then chocolate moose tracks, then banana split, then philly cheese steak.

I have my sources

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 01:41

5. nmboi08 (unregistered)

that is funny but not possible because hey go in alphabetical order starting with the letter C

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 02:10

7. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

K.. what the heck starts with K
L lemon shots?
M mango (taken already...lol)
N nutter butter?

lol.. sorry.. not in my right mind.. but gettin hungryz :)

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 01:03 2

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I like the food thing. It's cute and smarmy and funny, and makes for great graphics when the new versions come out. I think my favorite is the Android bee.

I'm happy to see Gingerbread charging up through the ranks like this, because it's a hundred times better than Froyo based on smoothness of experience alone. It's also a good indicator of the amount of high end Android phones which have been sold so far, both with Froyo (but updating to Gingerbread) and those being sold with Gingerbread on board. Just wait until the Galaxy S series and Inspire get Gingerbread; you'll see the percentage jump again in September.

On the other hand, looks like Honeycomb is still making gains; I predict an explosion by mid 2012, similar to what happened with Android's original incarnations.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 01:28

4. 3meister (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

I would hope that by mid 2012, Ice Cream Sandwich (or newer) is at the top.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 01:59 1

6. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)

Ice Cream sandwhich is coming at the end of the year and then they are gonna start doing annual updates. I guess its gonna be easier to update so there will be no Fragmentation after ice cream

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 02:13 3

8. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

ya, supposedly they are gonna start locking down spec requirements to reduce fragmentation from here on out. That doesnt mean that current devices will all get ice cream sandwich... that just means future gen willl start there.

thats why u always buy top end. spend the extra 50 or 100 to make sure u will be up to date until your next upgrade. Dont be cheap.. its worth it.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 05:37 2

13. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Spoken like a true fandroid.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 06:43 2

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Spoken like a but hurt hatter

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:54

18. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Wow, lrn2spell. And no, I'm not butt hurt. Android fans are the ones who backpedal out of everything critical regarding Android.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 09:10

20. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

what makes you better that any of them?

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 10:27

26. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

once those 10 million galaxyS phones get gingerbread, that pie chart will cut down significantly.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 03:59 1

11. xenover (Posts: 174; Member since: 27 May 2011)

K will be klondike bar :D

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 05:04 2

12. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

And they wonder why iOS is better. 3GS is still getting updates from Apple despite being over two years old. Lol, Android is a joke with people still having Froyo when ICS is about to be released.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 05:53 1

14. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

and samsung wave thats more than a year old is going to get bada 2.0.1 : )
Seems like samsung bada and apple are the best at giving updates.
by the way, im a Meego / bada fan.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:21

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

So what? Does the 3gs gets features like wireless tether? Among others features or the 3G not able to use features found in ios 4 when the iPhone 4 was released. At leas those who update to newer versions of android get the features found on the updates

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:40

17. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


nothing is absolute. apple puts what they can of their new software into their old hardware. they are incredibly zealous to have things work fluidly, sometimes to a fault. they wont try to put features on a device that might not be able to handle them.

latest and greatest android devices are great, but outside of that realm, things get awfully fuzzy. i'll believe the decrease in fragmentation when i see it, but im not getting too anxious.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 09:00

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


yes I know apple will only push update on things that will make their phones as usable as possible, yet an update that brings only the bug fixes is also found on android devices as well.... only mayor updates that bring new features are considered by people who talk here here yet every company pushes its on updated periodically on their devices fixing bugs and making them more usable. now why would an update to the 3G that gives it IOS4 and fixes the bugs found on OS3 is better that an maintenance update done to fix bugs found on an HTC device?

Google is "supposedly" working something on it I believe reducing the number of mayor updates done to a year is a considerable step this number changes are interesting to me because I have the theory that the top selling android phones are all high end phones and the low end crap is where it belongs.... as far from the from customers hands as possible. maybe companies give up on doing that already......

SIDE NOTE: made it as legible as i could hope it can be readable.

and thanks for the argument man I really like people who can have an interesting point of view, much better than the hatter on top

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 19:40

25. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

the ios4 update for the 3G was an abortion. it was just poor execution though, not poor planning. and they went out of their way to address the issue.http://www.phonearena.com/news/iOS-4.2-to-bring-better-performance-to-the-iPhone-3G_id14522

apple has such a small family of devices compared to what android has to be concerned with.

i love what google has done with android (i own an X) and i like what they are saying about future direction, but it is going to take a good deal of time and several iterations of OS versions and many, many devices before they can begin to fight back the fragmentation.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:45

21. dandirk (unregistered)

As has been said... hardware fragmentation is partially to fault. Really hope google can get it under control.

The other large issue, is that the service providers control the updates as well. Many people complain that company x y and z are not updating 1 year models etc. While technically there are updates available and would work fine on the hardware... the carrier abandoned the model.

I know next to nothing about android programming but I also assume all the "cool" UI add-ons slow the process down even more (by each carrier) because its just another layer of programing that needs to be updated.

In my opinion... Google should also try to separate out the UI to more of a "skin" level, and then push out updates on their own or at least make it compatible enough to download if a user wishes.

Then when they categorize hardware requirements for each version... it should also be easy to continue to support older version with security/performance updates/patches etc

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 13:05

22. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

you gave a great solution. the deal with this skins is not that they are hard to programs but rather that the companies change basic aspects on android to make their code easy to perform now if companies worked their UI more as if they where applications (they are) it could be easier to handle updates

I have to say I like some functionality they offer, but their development time slows updates they could delver updates for the apps they build and let Google handle the main updates, I also think some companies arent quite smart at some point on the other hand for example ASUS with the honeycomb updates its doing an amazing job and they added a few changes of their own to android yet around 2-4 weeks form any update they start rolling out their own version

and about slow downs I have to say that it depends on the company, for example the update to 2.3 on the x10 a friend of mine has made the device much more responsive more battery efficient and more comfortable to use that 2.1

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 15:06

23. dandirk (unregistered)

Regarding the "slowdowns" I was speaking of the update process rather then performance of the device/OS.

You would have thought the UI would just be APIs to manipulate and show data.

The underlying OS could be updated at anytime...

I am guessing though that some of those UIs are doing some "workarounds" for stuff just to make it work and if the OS was updated the UI could break.

But I am not a Sense dev... so I am just guessing.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 15:31

24. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

companies could get beta releases of newer version to test their UI on 2 months before the new version waiting 2 months before seeing massive updates being rolled out is much better I think and companies will have 4 months to test their UI and introduce more features

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