Jan, 04 2012

The Android platform versions distributions chart is always an interesting update to take a look at. For the two weeks ending on January 3rd, 2012, Gingerbread found itself sitting at 55% of the share with Froyo at 30%. Last month, Gingerbread had 50.6% and Froyo had 35.3%. There’s a direct correlation here but we’re not sure if it’s due to Froyo phones being upgraded or Gingerbread phones being rapidly activated over the holiday season. (Google mentioned that 3.7 million devices alone were added on Christmas.)

Of course, tons of Kindle Fire devices were sold but they’re not figured into the numbers here as Google only counts phones that have accessed the Android market within the two week time frame.  Honeycomb accounted for 3.3%, a notable jump from the 2.3% it had before but still not nearly as significant. Tablet adoption has been staggering but with so many Android phones out there Honeycomb’s existence will seem minimal.

The big one we were looking for is Android 4.0, though, and it definitely makes a small blip on the radar. Ice Cream Sandwich devices (the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, at the moment) all accounted for .6% of the share. We figured this number to be higher considering Google recently updated the Nexus S and assumed it did a lot better in the market over the past year than the Galaxy Nexus, which has only had about a month and a half in the market.

We expect this number to slowly climb over the next few months but we won’t see any significant jumps until OEMs begin updating their Gingerbread devices and until new devices come with Ice Cream Sandwich preinstalled. Oh, and if you were wondering, Eclair is still kicking with 8.5% of the share, down from 9.6% last month. Take a look at the full chart at the Android Developers site.