It is now official: Android 2.3, famously known as Gingerbread, has now taken the lead over Android 2.2. The older Froyo is very slowly fading away to give way to Gingerbread and perhaps to the newer version of the mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The latest figures from Android Developers show Gingerbread having a total of 44.4% share with Froyo trailing at 40.7%. These numbers were taken from the latest data they collected from users who have accessed Android Market within a 14-day time frame which ended last November 3.

The research was conducted to provide developers a better view of the Android ecosystem so they can forecast and tailor their apps to where the OS will be heading in the future.

Froyo was announced last May of 2010 and it started running on Android devices around July of that year. This version of Android has been considered to be one of the most successful, making it hard for Gingerbread to catch up.

Gingerbread, which was released in December, 2010, took some time to bloom. Handset manufacturers and wireless providers did not push the update right away because of customization concerns and hardware compatibility. Manufacturers even continued to make devices which run Froyo even if Gingerbread was already around. This had given the older Froyo more traction.

With Gingerbread at the forefront, we can certainly say that Google reached another level. This kind of shift we are seeing is indeed a good indicator of a promising future for Android. The slow pace which the makers and wireless providers take in going to a new version of the OS will also tell us that they really want Android to succeed, so they always make sure it fully works before pushing it to users.

The figures in Android Developers did not include Ice Cream Sandwich yet. We still have to see how this version will fare against the other ones. One thing is for sure: a lot of cool stuff is brewing with Android.

What Android version is your Android device running?