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Android Defragging Itself

Android trash-talkers’ most common criticism of Android, that there are too many versions of its platform out there making it difficult for developers to make an application that works on all phones, is growing less and less founded at an accelerating rate with Android 2.1 and 2.2 (Froyo) currently making up 70.4% of the share of all Android phones.

Froyo, at 28.7%, the latest and greatest of them all, is displacing the rest rapidly, gaining about a quarter of the entire share just since the beginning of August. Here boss, you want charts? I got your charts right here, the numbers as of September 1st:

What’s that? You want to see the distribution growth over time since March in various shades of green? No problem chief, I got you covered:

Note how Android 2.2 has exponential growth whereas 1.6 and 2.1 are plateauing. This, not unlike how Android-packing phones are the best sellers in the US, is good news for developers and prospective developers which is good news for the rest of us.

Update: Just thought I’d add that based on the above data the AndroidPolice found dated August by Chitika, Android is less fragmented than iOS. Just sayin’.

Doug Simmons