Froyo Now Powers 1 in 3 Android Phones

New figures hot off the press!  Google has released the latest figures for devices accessing the Android Market and we’re getting closer to a Froyo majority.  The period ending October 1 shows all legacy versions of the platform dipping ever so slightly while Android 2.2 risesto 33.4 percent of the total.  Up from 28.7 percent less than one month ago, Froyo should eclipse Eclair in the next month or so.  Cupcake (1.5) has dropped to 9.7 percent with Donut (1.6) sliding to 16.4 percent.  Expect those figures to slowly diminish to the point of “other” as 2.2 begins hitting the Galaxy S phones and other devices.

Are any of you developers out there even consider writing for 1.6 or 1.5 at this point?

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  1. Janne
    October 01, 23:18 Reply

    “Are any of you developers out there even consider writing for 1.6 or 1.5 at this point?”

    Unless you actually need a 2.x-only feature it would be kind of dumb to throw away a quarter of your potential users for no reason, wouldn’t it?

  2. JokeyRhyme
    October 01, 23:27 Reply

    There are still new devices shipping with 1.5 and 1.6. Also, many of the cheap tablets being produced in Asia probably won’t see much post-sale support, so it will be up to the community to get these devices up past Donut.

  3. Luke Wallace
    October 02, 13:09 Reply

    Existing apps that are 1.5 compatible won’t be removed, but I might start making 2.1+ apps if there are new features in the OS that would make the app better.

    I still use my G1 with 1.6, I’m definitely not going to exclude myself from my own apps, especially since there are tons of other G1 users still out there.

  4. Scott
    October 02, 16:01 Reply

    I like that the pie chart looks a bit like a 60’s peace sign ;-)

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