By 3 May 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.

Gingerbread (Android 2.3 - 2.3.7) still finds itself at the helm of the Android army’s mobile charge, enlarging its share of the Android user pie from 63.7% to 64.4%. Coming in a distant second is Froyo (Android 2.2), which sees its stake decline from 23.1% to 20.9%. Eclair (Android 2.1) completes the top 3, and gobbles up half a percentage point less (5.5%) compared to April’s figures.

The latest version of Google’s mobile OS, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS, Android 4.0 - 4.0.4), has not only managed to surpass the tablet-only Honeycomb (Android 3.0 - 3.2), but is also eyeing Eclair’s spot on the Android podium. ICS makes up 4.9% of Android users, whilst Honeycomb does duty on an unchanged 3.3% of the market.    

The two most outdated versions of Android, namely Cupcake (Android 1.5) and Donut (Android 1.6), is still being used by only 1% of Android users, notching up 0.3% and 0.7% of the user pie respectively.

In related news, market research firm comScore recently released the latest data from its MobiLens service, which profiles key trends in the US mobile phone industry for the three month period ending March 2012. The company found that Google’s Android mobile OS continues to grow its share in the US smartphone market, accounting for more than half (51%) of US smartphone subscribers.


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