0.4 Per Cent Of Android Users Use 2.3 Gingerbread

Google's latest version of Android - 2.3 Gingerbread - is being run by 0.4 per cent devices while Android 2.2 Froyo is the most used version of the software, research has revealed.

According to data released on Google's Android Developer blog, the latest version of the platform is only installed on a minute percentage of all devices, while 2.2 Froyo was installed on 51.8 per cent devices.

The reason behind the low usage of Android Gingerbread is that the OS is only available on the Samsung Nexus S device, which is only available from select stores. The main USP of the new version of the OS is that it comes with support for Near Fields Communication technology.

The problem of fragmentation continues to plague the platform with 35.2 per cent of users continuing to run on Android 2.1 Eclair, despite the fact that higher versions are available. Android versions 1.6 and 1.5 were found on 7.9 per cent and 4.7 per cent devices respectively.

One of the main reasons for the fragmentation issue is that despite Google being prompt to release updates to the operating system, wireless carriers, who are ultimately responsible for delivering the update to users, take a lot of time to release them.