Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread the latest version is it being run by 0.4 % devices while Android 2.2 Froyo is considered the most used version on the software, research has shown.
Based on data released on Google's Android Developer blog, the newest version with the platform is only installed on a few minutes percentage of all devices, while 2.2 Froyo was installed on 51.8 % devices.
The real reason for the lower use of Android Gingerbread is usually that the Operating system is only entirely on the Samsung Nexus S device, which is just available from select stores. The main USP of the new version from the OS is that it has support for Near Fields Communication technology.
The issue of fragmentation is constantly on the plague the platform with 35.2 % of users continuing to run on Android 2.1 Eclair, although higher versions can be found. Android versions 1.6 and 1.5 were available on 7.9 % and 4.7 % devices respectively.
One of the many reasons behind the fragmentation concern is that despite Google being prompt to release updates to the os, wireless carriers, who're ultimately accountable for delivering the update to users, have a considerable time to release them.