June 17, 2010
Android 2.0+

Android 2.0+

Over at the Android developers blog, Google have released the statistics of Android version usage. The data were collcted over a two week period ending on June 16, 2010. The figures reveal that 50.4% of Android devices run Android 2.0 or greater. If we consider Eclair to comprise Android 2.0, 2.0.1 and 2.1, then we can certainly conclude that the Android ‘fragmentation’ issue is subsiding. This is good because it has been such a hot topic over the last few months since Google have released version after version of Android.

The other ~50% or so goes to Android 1.6 and Android 1.5. We really have just three major Android builds that are in the public domain, and the refreshing thing to see is that the majority of them are on the latest version. Sure, this will change in two ways as time progresses. Android 2.2 is coming, and this will cause a forth version to infiltrate the eco-system. However, many Android 2.1 devices are likely to upgrade to Android 2.2 fairly quickly. Then, we have older Android 1.5 devices that may not be eligible for a 2.1 upgrade that in another year will surely be due for contract renewal, and therefore a new phone. As Google cut back on the iteration cycle for Android, increasing the time between releases, it shouldn’t be much longer till we’re down to two main Android versions.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of AndroidAuthority.com, based in the U.K.
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