Android Developers released their regular research data regarding the fragmentation of the Android OS today, and Android 2.x devices have once again jumped in number. Back in mid-September, the figures released by Android Developers had the Android 2.x distribution at about 70%, while the new figures are showing 77%.
The biggest difference between the last coverage on this topic and now is, in my opinion, the growth of Android 2.2. Android 2.2 has increased from 28.7% in September to 36.2% as of a few days ago. It is hard to say whether the growth is more attributed to updates or new purchases, but the number is at least growing. Once the Samsung Galaxy line completes the Android 2.2 update, I will expect the number of Android 2.2 devices to jump as well.
With the recent announcement by Sony Ericsson that the Xperia X10 line will receive Android 2.1 by the end of the month, expect the next set of data to have a significantly smaller share of Android 1.6 devices.
Once the holiday season is over, I am also anticipating a jump in Android 2.x devices. Unfortunately, this holiday season will likely also see a great number of Android tablets being sold, many of which will be selling with Android 1.6 installed.
However, that may not show in these figures, as the data only collects from devices that access the Android Market, and many of the tablets will not have Android Market access. Since the figures for the data are taken from the devices that access the Android Market in a 14-day period, they may not be represented. We'll just have to see how it plays out.
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