Android distribution updated, Froyo on over one-third of devices
Once again, Google has updated their Android version distribution chart, this time for the two weeks ending on October 1st. Just like the last time we saw these numbers, Android 2.1 is the most widespread version in use right now, running on 40.4 percent of devices that have accessed the Android Market. Froyo is the runner-up in the distribution race, appearing on 33.4 percent of devices. Version 2.2 experienced the biggest change of all four competitors, growing nearly six percent since the last time we saw the measurements. Next up is Android 1.6, in third place with 16.4 percent of the share and down almost one percent from last month. Finally, we have Cupcake, aka Android 1.5, still running on 9.7 percent of all Android devices almost a year and a half after its initial release. Thankfully, 1.5's share is down nearly three percent compared to September's numbers.
It's great to see Android 2.2 growing so much, especially since versions 1.5 and 1.6 are still on one quarter of all devices. This increase has to thanks to the handsets like the DROID X getting updated to Froyo and other handsets, like the DROID 2, launching with the OS preloaded. Once we see all of Samsung's Galaxy S phones updated to 2.2, along with the LG Ally, I'm sure Froyo's share will jump even higher. I just hope that those updates come out sooner rather than later.