October 4, 2011 9:49pm
The latest monthly Android distribution charts are in, and it’s looking good for the anti-fragmentation crowd. The total number of phones running on Froyo or higher is up to 84%, with 38.7% running Gingerbread, the latest version for phones. The total rises to 97.5% if you factor in Android 2.1. In short, the fragmentation issue is a lot less important now than a year ago.While Gingerbread has some great improvements over its 2.x brethren, there are very few core features that are missing between 2.1 and 2.3.
As for Honeycomb, the outlook doesn’t look as bright. Only 1.8% of Android devices run the tablet OS, but that speaks more to the number of phones out there than the success of the tablet space. Certainly the Android tablet market hasn’t taken off as some would have liked, but things should look better when Ice Cream Sandwich is announced next week at Samsung Unpacked.