Android has had many iterations over the years, starting with 1.0 and making its way all the way up to the current 4.1 Jelly Bean. There have been plenty of arguments in the past about fragmentation, people claiming it clearly exists and Google itself or should we say Eric Schmidt, saying there isn't any. One could argue back and forth, but the reality is that not everyone is fully up to date.
While Google can be seen as the person to blame for this, one also has to take into consideration manufacturers who often times fail to update a device so the user is then stuck with whatever version of Android is on it. Thankfully though and since the introduction of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, this has gotten considerably better.
Either way, there is some new data in regards to Android version market share and they are as follows:
- 1.5 Cupcake: 0.2%
- 1.6 Donut: 0.5%
- 2.1 Eclair: 4.2%
- 2.2 Froyo: 15.5%
- 2.3-2.3.2 Gingerbread: 0.3%
- 2.3.3-2.3.7: 60.3%
- 3.1 Honeycomb: 0.5%
- 3.2: 1.8%
- 4.0-4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich: 0.1%
- 4.0.3-4.0.4: 15.8%
- 4.1 Jelly Bean: 0.8%
It is kind of worrying that a little over 20% of Android users are still running a version under Gingerbread. Something tells me it's probably time for an upgrade. Android 4.0 continues to grow and with 2.3 Gingerbread still commanding 60%, hopefully we can see this start to decrease as some manufacturers upgrade and/or it's time for customers to upgrade to a new phone.