55.9% of Android owners still use Froyo, only 24.3% now running Gingerbread
Transition is slow
According to a recent survey posted on GetJar for the 14 days ending 1 August, Gingerbread (2.3) is being used by 24.3 percent of devices. Thats only a 3 percent rise since last months report. Its a far cry from Froyo (2.2) which currently runs on 55.9 percent of Android devices.
Tablet OS Honeycomb (3.x) has a 1.3% install rate up from 0.4 percent.
With the future Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, looming in the horizon, games developers would do well to heed the time its taking for newer OSes to become the standard. Working on the latest systems, and not supporting older OSes, may risk alienating the majority of the Android gaming community.
That said, hopefully, Ice Cream Sandwich may turn out to be a different prospect, as we recently heard at Googles I/O conference in San Francisco.
"We want one OS that runs everywhere ... We're investing heavily in the application framework ... and it will all be open source said Android Engineer Mike Claren.
You can see for yourself the piechart representing the overall use of Android OSes to the right.