Google just updated the Android version distribution charts and confirmed the continued exponential growth of Gingerbread. The latest smartphone version of the platform has managed to more than double its market for a second month in a row and is now the second most popular Android release.
The first Android Gingerbread (2.3), which was skipped by most manufacturers actually lost 0.1 percent points of its market share, but its updated 2.3.3 and 2.3.4 versions have gained 9.5 percent points and has moved to second place ahead of Android 2.1 Eclair.
With lots of phones getting their updates and a bunch of hot new handsets running Gingerbread hitting the market it’s not hard to see where this growth is coming from. Yet we have to admit we are a bit surprised by its speed.
Froyo is still the most popular Android version worldwide and Gingerbread will need some more time to catch up. Still after slipping 5.2 percent points Android 2.2 has lost almost a third of its advantage in just one month.
The outdated Android smartphone distributions are, unsurprisingly, continuing their way down, with 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut and 2.1 Eclair losing a total of 4.5 percent points of their market share. Their shares now stand at 1.4%, 2.2% and 17.5% respectively.
Finally the tablet-ready Android Honeycomb is continuing to make baby steps forward, gaining 0.3 percent points this month. The later distribution, 3.1, is now holding a 0.5% share, while 3.0 has gained 0.1 percent points to a total of 0.4%.
With Android daily activations now over 500000 we expect to see the current trends carry over in the upcoming couple of months. Gingerbread will certainly continue catching up with Froyo, which is now past its peak. If manufacturers and carrier do a good job of the expected updates we might see Android 2.2 and 2.3.3 neck and neck in a just a couple of months.
At that point Cupcake will probably have dropped out of the picture, while Donut will be close to 1% market share. The Honeycomb growth is rather hard to predict, but it will probably continue at about the rate we saw over the past two months, until Android slates prices drop a bit.