New data collected in two weeks ending on August 2nd and released by Android Developers indicate that Android 2.1 has grown from the last reported figure of 55% to almost 60%. What's more, if we include Android 2.2, the percentage of devices accessing the Android Market running Android 2.1+ OS increases to 64.2%, almost two-thirds of all handsets. However, all the FroYo news of recent will surely result in some very different results next time around.
Froyo has seen a slow but steady climb. Phandroid notes that these figures will soon change:
This number is sure to grow even larger after this weeks updates to the HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire, and Motorola Droid. Promised updates for the Motorola Droid X and HTC Droid Incredible, as well as the release of the Droid 2 also ensure that Android 2.1’s reign as the dominant platform version may be short lived.
TalkAndroid mentions that we may soon see fragmentation ending:
As these numbers keep evening and eventually start leaning towards 2.2 being the dominant OS, then we should hopefully start seeing the end to the fragmentation that has been plaguing Android users.
I remain less optimistic, as there are some manufacturers not interested in updating their handsets to Android 2.1, and unless those users stuck with those phones decide to buy a new phone soon with a newer OS version, there will always be a significant number of users running Android 1.5 or 1.6 for at least a year or two longer.
Images from Android Developers