Every time we get a new version of Android many Android fans start to wonder what the most popular and commonly used Android flavor is. Google has now released a chart that breaks down the most popular versions of Android all the way back to version 1.5. The figures Google offers are based on Android devices that access the Google Play store within the last two weeks.
According to the access statistics, the most common Android version in use right now is Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 Gingerbread. Google’s chart shows 60.3% of all devices accessing the store are running that version of the OS, making Gingerbread the most commonly used Android version. The least commonly used version of Android is 1.5 Cupcake with 0.2% of the distribution. I would like to know why someone would be running a version of Android that old.
Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 – 4.0.2 has a meager 0.1% of the install base, but later versions of ICS 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 makes up 15.8% of the Android mix. Right behind the more recent versions of ICS in usage is Android 2.2 Froyo with 15.5% of the OS mix. Interestingly, the Honeycomb tablet OS has meager 0.5% of the Android mix for version 3.1 and only 1.8% of the mix for Honeycomb 3.2.
It looks like there aren’t many tablets connecting to the Google Play store in the last few weeks. The latest version of Android is 4.1 Jelly Bean and only 0.8% of the devices that connected within the last few weeks run that version of the operating system. That’s no surprise considering there simply aren’t many Jelly Bean devices out there right now. I would like to know exactly how many individual devices connected to Google Play in the 14 days this chart represents.