As of May 2nd, only 4 percent of Android users have Gingerbread. The break down is 3 percent for 2.3.3 and 1 percent for 2.3.
Gingerbread was released 5 months ago on the Nexus S. We are expecting Ice Cream Sandwich to be announced shortly.
This is not a good situation. I still believe that most mainstream consumers are not concerned with what version of Android they are running, but what about the hardcores? We knew that the custom UI’s (Sense, Blur, Touchwiz) that are being installed on top of Android were going to be a problem, but it seems like it is getting worse.
Google introduced Froyo about 1 year ago and 65.9 percent of devices have it. This is disappointing. I am thinking that when Gingerbread is 1 year old, the percentage will be less. This is a trend that needs to be stopped. We are supposed to be excited when Google announces a new version of Android, but if you have to wait 6 or more months for it, then why get excited?
I wrote in a recent article that one of the main manufacturers should abandon their UI in favor of stock Android. They would be able to handle updates faster than the competition. Either one of the manufacturers needs to step up, or Google needs to offer the Nexus on all carriers.
It always comes down to the mainstream vs. the hardcores and the mainstream always wins because the hardcores represent such a small market share. This is why Apple has been so successful over the years. They cater to the mainstream and take away choice. The mainstreamer doesn’t know what they are missing.
If you are on the Android side of the fence and care about the updates, you have to be careful what you buy, especially if you are signing a 2 year contract.
[via android developers]