55 Per Cent of Android Phones Use Eclair

Google has announced that over half of Android-based devices are running version Android 2.1, nick-named 'Eclair'.

The announcement will help to settle fears of 'Android fragmentation', with the widespread use of older versions of the operating system that cannot work with new applications.

According to the data, as many as 55.5 per cent of Android users have now upgraded to version 2.1 of the mobile operating system .

This is due to the fact that the majority of the new, high-profile smartphones, including Motorola Droid X, Samsung Galaxy S, and EVO 4G, are powered by Android 2.1, and the popular Motorola Droid handset has also been upgraded to it.

According to the figures, Android 1.6, codenamed ‘Donut’, is the second-most used version, with a 22.1 per cent share of the Android user base.

Android version 1.5, 'Cupcake', comes third with 18.9 per cent of phones running on it.

Only three per cent of Android-based phones use the newest version 2.2, codenamed 'Froyo'. Froyo has so far only been made available for the Nexus One smartphone, which has since been discontinued.