In what comes as a revelation to the iPhone vs Android debate, 57% of the Android phones accessing Android market place run Android 2.2 version. 29% run Android 2.1. Which means 86% of the phones are working on the two latest versions of Android operating system. Neat. But not so fast. Android’s latest OS, 2.3 accounts for 0.8%.
Android has released a dashboard for developers to take a look at how the app ecosystem looks like and what phones are the most popular phones. Like all statistics, this doesn’t reveal the real picture yet gives very vital information. All the android phones sold will not be accessing Android market and quite a few phones will be checking out the white label market places springing like mushrooms. But Google still holds enough clout in the marketplace.
From the perspective the stats revealed will become a treasure trove for developers. And the data refreshed daily. Android has a seed data from Dec 22, 2010. Here’s what it looks like :
Android OS Mix :
Device mix :
HTC Wildfire, LG Optimus One and HTC Desire are some popular phones in India. With 22.5% of the phones, HTC is the single biggest manufacturer which is dominating the Android market followed by Motorola at 10%. May be time for HTC to open its app store.