Gingerbread is now the dominant Android version

Gingerbread is now the dominant Android version
Android 2.3.x has slowly caught up with updates arriving on most contemporary handsets and now it has become the most popular version of Google's platform. Android 2.3.x devices make up 44.4% of all gadgets running the green robot as their OS, with Froyo starting to quickly fade away. Currently, 2.2 devices account for 40.7% of all Androids.

With Gingerbread and Froyo being the most popular versions, it should be noted that there's still a 10.7% share of Androids running Eclair. 

Older versions have largely been phased out and Honeycomb remains pretty unpopular with a total share of just 1.9%.

What everyone is looking forward to, though, is a clear statement from manufacturers regarding an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The new version of the platform aims to unite tablets and phones under one platform. Given that Gingerbread is a relatively new version, though, the current stats hint that Google has really taken the steps to eliminate fragmentation. Here's to hoping it will succeed.



1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Gingerbread is now dominant great job android. Too bad ice cream sandewhich is about to come out. Maybe ice cream will be dominant when jellybean comes out lol. Anyway this is good news too bad for those stuck on froyo still. Err this is why if i go back to android im getting a nexus.

2. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Mango is already on every WP7 phone!!!!

4. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

For the tens of people who have WP7?

5. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Not exactly a point you should be making codymws, that Microsoft is more dedicated to its "tens of people" than Google is to its millions.

7. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

there were only a few windows phone models relased and almost all of em had the same for google, there are hundreds of androids and alot of em being the low end ones which manufacture dont care to update.....

10. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

@ theindianguy That's by design, not by chance. Microsoft set certain hardware standards when they started with WP7 so that they could later support devices efficiently. Android does not set these types of standards so that it may remain true to its open-source paradigm. This is perfectly fine, but it does have foreseeable repercussions, and the onus ultimately lies on Google's shoulders for making this choice.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Penny, That is completely true. But that is the difference between Android, WP7, and iOS. Android is/was the wild wild west. It was availible free to anyone that wanted it. You just had to pay for google apps if you wanted access to the market. Thats why its nearly impossible for android to ever lose top spot in market share. Its free, pliable, and stable (finally). MS wanted a more apple style control approach and regulates hardware very carefully and doesnt allow any real modding of the OS other than from Nokia so they can push updates to all phones. The good is, that the phones get updated quickly. The bad is, they have to wait for MS to approve hardware to be able to up the specs at all. Google is finally starting to take that approach a bit with ICS and its equipment standards. MS doesnt care any more or less about its users than google does. In fact, with the way google pushes updates 24/7, I'd say google cares more about its OS. Dont confuse google with carriers and manufacturers. They are the ones that slow down and kill updates to phones, not google. Which way is better is up to the user to decide. But if your looking at the market between Android and WP7, its a pretty clear distinction.

12. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

@ remixfa I understand the different strategies used by Google and Microsoft, and respect both for their decisions. I only made the statements regarding Microsoft's dedication and Google's responsibility in Android updates to make a point to the people who commented above. The first point was simply that whether you have 10 users or millions, customer support and satisfaction is always important. The second point was that while it is up to the manufacturers and carriers to get the updates out to their devices (and I am aware this is the case), Google is not faultless in the fragmentation. Like I said: different strategies. I respect what each has to offer, and each has its own benefits and pitfalls. Microsoft is opening up its strategy just a little (as evidenced by its support of the ChevronWP7 dev. team, a wider variety of hardware options, etc.) and Google is trying to unify its experience a little more (as evidenced by ICS).

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

More like dedicated to getting money out of your wallet!

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Wonder how ics will turn out this time

6. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Hope Google can streamline the Android update process for its customers moving forward.

9. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

F*ck samsung and at&t because for two months the weak ass samsung infuse was supposed to get gingerbread...Their still isn't any gingerbread.

13. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

lol good luck on that. You're better of rolling with iOS, or WP than even get an update. In order for your phone to be even updated it has to go through Android, Samsung, At&t. And your phone is 1 out of the hundreds that's released with Android on it. You're better off rooting it and risk bricking your phone (if you don't know what you're doing) Good luck. I hope you get gingerbread before you replace it with a new one.

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Well, FYI - I have been running Gingerbread on my cappy for a few months now, and I am now running 4.0.1 framework on it, thanks to GALNET MIUI.

15. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I got the inspire and was upgraded to gingerbread back in April and thats with ATT

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