Google has released the latest numbers for Android platform usage and it looks like Gingerbread is coming to the masses in a big way. The statistics, compiled over the last two weeks from Android Market access data up till October 3, show that the Android 2.3.x distribution is rapidly gaining in popularity seeing an almost 8% jump in the last two weeks coming primarily at the expense of Froyo handsets.
What this means is that consumers are getting their smartphones updated to the latest and greatest version of the Android mobile OS improving their user experience and the overall security of the Android ecosystem as a whole. Honeycomb has also seen a slight jump in attention ticking up to 1.8% of the total Android pie, while Android 2.1 and 1.x distributions (Cupcake and Donut) have slipped in the last weeks.
While this is good news for those lucky users who could easily upgrade their Android handsets, for some the upgrade bandwagon isn't moving fast enough. While a 97.5% upgrade rate for the 2.x series Android distributions is fantastic, with Ice Cream Sandwich releasing as soon as next week, there is still room from improvement in terms of speed and reliability of individual upgrades.
Source: Android Developer
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