Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has updated the dashboard that tracks all the different installed versions of Android out in the wild, and two things are clear: fragmentation continues to be a problem although things are settling down, and Android tablets are barely on the radar screen.
Every so often Google updates a dashboard that breaks down all known versions of Android running out in the wild so that Android developers can get a more informed look as to where to place their bets. The latest update, as spotted by Android Guys, shows that while Android 2.2 is by far the most dominant version in the wild, later versions 2.3 and 2.4 are gaining steam as people continue to buy new Android phones and older phones slowly receive updated versions.
However, it also shows that most of the people who bought during the huge Android market-share surge in 2010, following the public release of version 2.2 (also known as Froyo), have yet to receive updated software. That’s one of the reasons Google convened a group earlier this year in hopes of figuring out a way to get new software onto Android handsets much faster than currently possible due to a logjam of special interests involving wireless carriers and handset makers.
And unfortunately for Android, it lays bare what we pretty much already knew: the first generation of Android tablets has landed with a thud. Just 0.4 percent of all Android devices in the wild are running Android 3.0, the version designed specifically for tablets. There are slightly more devices running Android 3.1, which Motorola (NYSE: MMI) has rolled out to Xoom customers, but there are more people using Android 1.5–released over two years ago–than people running both tablet versions of Android combined.
Here’s the latest chart: