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7/21/2010
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Eric Zeman
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Now 55% Of Androids Eating Eclair

According to Google, the distribution of smartphones running Android 2.1 Eclair has reached 55%. Is anyone out there using Android 2.2 Froyo yet?

Google has offered up another report on Android's current level of fragmentation. Android 2.1 Eclair now accounts for 55.5% of all Android devices, which is up by 4% when compared to last month.

Android 1.6 Donut users now account for 22.1% of Android handsets and Android 1.5 Cupcake users account for 18.9%. Each has dropped a bit since last month, when 25% were still using Android 1.6 and 24.6% were using Android 1.5. In May, the numbers were 37.2% for Android 2.1, 28% for 1.6, and 34.1% for 1.5.

Perhaps the most interesting metric to come from Google's latest report is that 3.3% of Android handsets are now using Android 2.2 Froyo. Google has so far only distributed Android 2.2 Froyo to the Nexus One handset. Google has also made the code and associated SDK available to developers.

A number of phone makers and wireless network operators have committed to offering Android 2.2 to handsets already in their lineup. For example, the Droid X will receive Android 2.2 at some point later this summer. Likewise, the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate and Vibrant will also receive Android 2.2 updates.

Most new Android handsets are shipping with Android 2.1 at the moment. Reports suggest, though, that devices will ship with Android 2.2 as early as this summer. The Droid 2, in particular, will run Android 2.2 out of the box.

Google said it came by these numbers by evaluating what handsets visited the Android Market during a 14-day period ending July 15. It isn't the best metric I've ever heard, but apparently it's as good as Google's got for measuring the breakdown of Android versions.

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