55.5 per cent of Android phones chowing down on Eclair

Android 2.1 on over half of Google handsets

New figures show Android 2.1 surging, but 1.5 and 1.6 still kicking it on stacks of devices.

Android 2.1, or Eclair for the more culinary-minded mobile fan, is now sitting pretty on 55.5 per cent of Android phones. That’s according to official figures from Google, which worked out the percentage by looking at the number of phones that tapped up Android Market during a 14 day period.

While Eclair is not the most recent edition of Android, it does offer a slew of more advanced skills than 1.5 and 1.6, both over a year old, yet both still cornering 18.9 and 22.1 per cent respectively. Google’s failure to slap an end-of-life term on these ageing versions means phones such as the Xperia X10 and LG Optimus are still hitting shelves without the latest and best skills.

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Interestingly, Android 2.2 FroYo has taken 3.3 per cent, despite only being available officially on the Google Nexus One. But with Android 3.0 Gingerbread due out later this year, the Big G will need to accelerate its roll out in order to stop average Joes getting utterly confused by the different iterations out there. Perhaps now is the time to tell Open Handset Alliance partners to kick the Android 1.5 and 1.6 habit.

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Link: Google