By 3 April 2012 | Categories: news


Web search giant Google has released the latest Android mobile operating system (OS) version usage information, indicating which version of the mobile OS is the most used.

At the helm of the Android army’s mobile charge is Gingerbread (Android 2.3 - 2.3.7), with a whopping 63.7% of users employing a Gingerbread-powered smartphone. Taking a distant second place is Froyo (Android 2.2), with 23.1% of active handsets running this version of Android. Completing the top 3 is Eclair (Android 2.1), which gobbles up 6% of the Android usage pie.

The latest version of the company’s mobile OS, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS, Android 4.0 - 4.0.3), is gaining ground on the tablet-only Honeycomb (Android 3.0 - 3.2). ICS makes up 2.9% of Android users, whilst Honeycomb does duty on 3.3% of the market.    

Cupcake (Android 1.5) and Donut (Android 1.6), is now employed by only 1% of Android users, notching up 0.3% and 0.7% of the user pie respectively.

Image: Google
In February, Google’s senior VP of mobile and digital content Andy Rubin revealed that the year-on-year growth rate for Android-powered mobile devices is over 250%, with 850 000 new Android-running devices being activated daily. The total number of Android-operating smartphones and tablets around the world has surpassed the 300 million mark.

In related news, Google also recently released the latest version (6.5) of its Google Maps for Android navigation software, which offers a new look for Android 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich) powered mobile devices.


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