New Google data has revealed that Android 2.2 Froyo is the most used version of the company's mobile OS, with 43.4 per cent of Android users running it.
According to the Android Developer (http://developer.android.com/resources/dashboard/platform-versions.html) blog, 2.2 Froyo is the most used, followed by Android 2.1 which runs on 39.6 per cent of smartphones.
This means that more than 80 per cent of Android users are running an Android 2.x version, which enjoy access to every Android app. Despite the high uptake of newer versions of the OS, more than 16 per cent of Android phones are still using versions lower than Android Eclair.
With the impending launch of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, fragmentation issues are expected return to the platform. The newest Android OS is expected to be launched with Samsung's Nexus S, which will come with support for Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology for secure short-distance data transfers. This will also requires some newer hardware components within phones running 2.3.
According to IntoMobile, this could lead to several popular Android phones like the Motorola Droid and Droid X being unable to use this new Android feature.