The 2.3 version of Android, aka Gingerbread, is now the most common edition of the software on tablets and smartphones worldwide, a study reveals, the best part of a year after it debuted on the Google Nexus S.
According to data from the number crunchers at Android Developers, some 44 per cent of Android powered devices are now running Gingerbread. That compares to 40.7 per cent rocking the previous Froyo iteration of Google’s platform.
The findings mark something of a sea change from September when Froyo was dominant - a shift that's likely to have been engendered by the rash of Gingerbread-toting phones hitting the market over the last quarter.
However, any notion that Google is finally getting a grip on the fragmentation problems that have plagued Android ought to be dispelled for now.
The Android Developers boys’ data also reveals that some 10.7 per cent of users are still marooned on the creaky 2.1 version of Android. Or 'Éclair', as the sweet treat-obsessed types at Google would have it.
Meanwhile, 1.4 per cent are running Android 1.6 (Donut), which hasn’t been au courant since the HTC Magic was racking up big sales numbers back in 2009.
The figures come as Google is pinning its hopes on the forthcoming Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) edition of Android to bring more cohesion to the platform.
Formally dubbed Android 4.0 and set to debut on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, ICS blends elements of the tablet optimised Honeycomb take on Android with the current Gingerbread version for smartphones.