It's my favorite time of the month! No, not payday. It's Android OS distribution day! Yes, Google has once again updated their chart showing the breakdown of which versions of Android are running in the wild and just how many people are running them. Eclair, aka version 2.1, is still the king of the Android dessert hill, appearing on 40.8 percent of devices. Interestingly, this is only a 0.4 percent increase from the previous numbers. Android 2.2 experienced a more significant increase, growing 2.8 percent to claim 36.2 percent of all devices. Finally, we've got Android 1.5 and 1.6 making up less than a quarter of all handsets, with 7.9 percent and 15.0 percent of the market, respectively.
The fact that Android 2.1 grew so little is kind of surprising, but it's still great to see that both it and Android 2.2 are continuing to gain steam. The biggest news here has to be that Android 1.5 and 1.6 are now on less than a quarter of devices, which is no doubt aided by the fact that Motorola is finally getting around to updating several of their phones to newer versions of the Android OS. Hooray for less fragmentation! Now let's work on getting even more devices up from 2.1 to 2.2. I'm looking at you, Samsung.