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January 05, 2012

Google reveals Android distribution figures

An official post on Android Developers brings some disappointment to the makers and the fans alike, of the Android platform. In a stat report published by Google, revealing the rate of adoption of all versions of Android released, the fact that Ice Cream Sandwich, Android's newest flavour is a far cry from being successful; it hasn't even been adopted by 1 percent of users, yet, was exposed. Elaborating a bit on the nature of the data revealed, the report states, "The following pie chart and table is based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Android Market within a 14-day period ending on the data collection date noted below."

Lesser confusion for app developers

Lesser confusion for app developers

The post further puts down the rate of adoption for each, specific version of Android. The list reads as follows:

  • Android 1.5 (Cupcake) API 3- 0.6 percent
  • Android 1.6 (Donut) API 4- 1.1 percent
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair) API 7 - 8.5 percent
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) API 8 - 30.4 percent
  • Android 2.3 - Android 2.3.2 (Gingerbread) API 9 - 0.6 percent
  • Android 2.3.3 - Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) API 10 - 54.9 percent
  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) API 11 - 0.1 percent
  • Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) API 12 - 1.5 percent
  • Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) API 13 - 1.7 percent

Now, here's the most distressing bit. Android released its Ice Cream Sandwich builds recently. There's still some time before it picks up up pace. On the other hand, Honeycomb (Android 3.x) has been around a while and it still hasn't managed to gather a large enough userbase. The share speaks a lot about the adoption rate of modern Android tablets. The report states that Android 4.0 - 4.0.2 has been adopted by 0.3 percent of Android users, and Android 4.0.3, too has been adopted by 0.3 percent of users.

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