Mar 16th, 2011

It’s the middle of March and Google has updated their platform versions chart. First thing’s first: a majority of Android users are on Android 2.2 or higher. As more devices are upgraded and launched with Froyo, we expected this would happen eventually. We can’t help but think that number could be even higher if all of these Samsung Galaxy S phones in the US were given the upgrades they were promised. Most have gotten the upgrade (T-Mobile and some on Sprint), but even they have yet to launch a full-blown rollout. (T-Mobile didn’t go over-the-air and Sprint ended up pulling theirs.)

Android 2.1 is sitting at a cool 29%. We’re especially happy that Android 1.5 and 1.6 are almost ready to be completely obsoleted as they account for less than 8% of devices combined. Android 2.3 and 3.0 have both gotten off to slow starts, but that’s because there is only one device for each of the versions – the Motorola XOOM with Honeycomb and the Nexus S with Gingerbread – currently available. We expect that number to rise as more tablet manufacturers bring Honeycomb devices and as more handset manufacturers incorporate Gingerbread into their 2011 lineup. [Android Developers via IntoMobile]

[Update]: How could I forget that the Nexus One also received 2.3? Shame on me. The number is even more surprising now when you take that into consideration.