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Fewer than 0.5% of Google Android users run Gingerbread, while 51.8% are on Froyo

January 18, 2011 |  6:56 pm

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Only 0.4% of Android users are running the newest version of Google's mobile operating system, known as Gingerbread.

That's a pretty low number considering the millions of Android smart phones and tablets that have been sold. But the number, released on Google's Android Developers website, makes a bit of sense considering Gingerbread -- also known as Android 2.3 -- is available only on the Nexus S smart phone from Samsung, and sold only in Best Buy stores.

Froyo, the build of Android released before Gingerbread, accounts for 51.8% of Android phones in operation, Google said.

And Eclair, the version before Froyo, is run on 35.2% of Android devices, the Website reported. Android users running version 1.5 and 1.6 of the OS make up 12.6% of the phones in operation, Google said.

The update rates for Android users is held back, in part, by the fact that Wireless carriers and not Google control when a specific handset can get a new version of Android. Many older handsets have yet to recieve software updates and likely won't.

On the other hand, Apple's iOS is pushed to iPhones by the company itself and not by AT&T.

CEO David Lieb of app maker Bump Technologies said last week that 89.7% of iPhone and iPad customers are on iOS 4, a far larger percentage than any one release of Android.

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Photo: Samsung's Omar Khan holds the Samsung Nexus S smart phone, the only device that runs on the Android Gingerbread OS, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month. Credit: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News

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