November 2, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Eclair is the most widely-used version of Android based on recent stats released by Google. In the past two weeks, 4 out of 10 phones that accessed the Android Market have been running Android 2.1 (Eclair). The next highest number is Android 2.2 (Froyo), which has 36.2 percent users.
Nearly 8 out of 10 Android users are using Eclair or Froyo, decreasing the pie of people running the egregiously older versions of Android. About 7.9 percent of Android users are on Android 1.5 (Cupcake) and 15 percent on Donut (Android 1.6). That number is likely to fall as both the myTouch 3G and Sony Xperia X10, Mini, and Mini Pro are in the process of being upgraded from Donut. The next time these numbers are reported, there should be an increase in Eclair (Xperia) and Froyo users (myTouch).
Sadly, this chart simply reminds us that some versions of Android are doomed to remain on their current versions of software. Motorola has several devices that show no sign of being upgraded to Froyo, let alone the upcoming Gingerbread, and continues to release devices with outdated software. HTC, Samsung, Dell, and LG also have phones on the market with old software, and carriers seem content to leave things that way.