Google Chart shows Android 2.1 as the Most Used Android OS Build

Google [GOOG] has updated the platform version chart that gives a break-down of which versions of Android OS are the most popular.

The reason Google launch the chart is to give information to developers on which build they should focus on most. Up till last month Google Android 1.5 and 1.6 were always in the lead with versions such as 2.0 and 2.0.1 having a very small usage foot print. For the first time though, Android 1.5/1.6 have been kicked out of the top spot and replaced by Android 2.1. 2.1 accounts for 37.2% according to the chart (larger version below) and that is followed by Android 1.5 and then 1.6.

A few interesting things to note are that some users are still on Android 1.1 which indicates either some small network is not pushing out updates, or some people are just happy the way their phone is.

When Google announce and possibly lunch Android 2.2 (Froyo) this week, it will be interesting to see if this chart skews a lot towards Android 2.2. Google has announced that they want to try stem fragmentation and bring all devices to the same level. Of course there could be some hardware restrictions that would prevent older Android handsets such as the T-Mobile G1 from getting the update, but for all those that can they should get the Android 2.2 update soon.

When the chart is release after the Android 2.2 release, we’ll take a look and see if Android 2.1 has a short stay at the number 1 spot.

Via: Android Police


  1. I’m jus wondering if Motorola cliq’s user would be able to get Android 2.1 as well in the end. Are there any hardware restrictions that prevent the phones from getting it?

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