So far in 2010 we have seen a huge amount of smartphones launch with Android 2.1 Eclair and 2.2 FroYo, as well as a lot of firmware updates bringing smartphones to these versions of Google’s popular mobile OS, now we have some statistics showing you just how this has shaped up the entire Android device market.
According to a recent IntoMobile article 70% of all Android devices are running either Android 2.1 or Android 2.2, whereas just 17.5% of users are running 1.6 Donut, and just 12% are running 1.5 Cupcake.
Over the next month or so I am sure that Android 2.2 will seriously affect these figures, especially with handsets such as the myTouch HD, HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z coming soon.
This OS version fragmentation is a nightmare for app developers as there are just so many combinations of OS version and smartphones out there, which obviously makes testing apps on all different smartphones and OS versions a huge task.
If you are running an old version of Android on your smartphone you should perhaps considering checking for a firmware update, this can bring performance, security functionality and stability improvements, however it is worth backing up your data beforehand just-in-case.
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