Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Just a year ago Android 2.1 was sitting pretty as the king of platform versions, making up for 53 percent of all instances of Android installed on smartphones. In contrast, Android 2.2 had just earned its humble piece of the Android pie with a meager 1.8 percent share. In just a year, Android 2.2 has grown to become the dominant version of Android in the wild, but its reign is now coming to an end. In a platform versions chart that practically mirrors that of a year ago, Android 2.2 now holds a 59.4 percent share, though the number is declining thanks to an increase in Gingerbread installations. Instances of Android 2.3 tally up to 18.6 percent of OS installs, and the number is only growing. Android Honeycomb also continues to grow its share, but in comparison to other versions of Android it remains a tiny fragment of the total ecosystem at 0.9 percent.
The numbers show a pretty standard one-year life cycle for Android versions. We’d love to see a time when the latest version of the OS could claim as close to 100 percent of all devices as possible, but with constant updates being sent out by Google it seems like wishful thinking.
[via Android Developers]