March 16, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The latest Android Market stats have been released to remind users that their phones are out-of-date. The majority of Android phone are reasonably capable and in-line with major features released from Google. However, the Google Android charts highlight that the latest software version is available to only a small group of Android phones and tablets.
The Android distribution chart, which is based on the OS versions of smartphones and tablets accessing the Android Market in the past two weeks, reveals that 1 percent of users are running Android 2.3.3. When combined with the 0.7 users still on Android 2.3, that’s less than 2 percent of Android phones powered by Gingerbread. Considering that a large number of those phones likely use custom ROM’s, most notably CyanogenMod 7, it’s a rather disappointing reminder that most phones have yet to be updated.
The prime benefits of Gingerbread (Android 2.3) are incremental or hardware dependent – slightly better battery life or NFC support – so it’s not too much of a blow for that 61.3 percent of devices use Froyo (Android 2.2).
On the tablet side, Honeycomb Android 3.0 is used by 0.2 percent of visitors to the Android Market. The Motorola XOOM is currently the only Android device that supports Honeycomb in an official capacity, though some have chosen to root the Nook Color and run Honeycomb in a limited capacity. The majority of Android tablets are either like the Galaxy Tab, running Android 2.2, or not officially supporting version 3.0. We should see more Honeycomb tablets soon; maybe companies like Samsung and LG will even provide some solid release dates at CTIA next week.