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Gingerbread still dominant with 57.5 percent Android ownership

Ice Cream Sandwich is now running on 20.9 percent of all Android-based devices, according to new data from Google.

Gingerbread is still leading.
Gingerbread is still leading. Google

Google's Android market is still dominated by Gingerbread.

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) versions, which first appeared on the mobile scene in December 2010, are currently running on 57.5 percent of all Android devices, new data posted on the platform's developers site shows. The newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) comes in at 20.9 percent market ownership. Android 2.2 (Froyo) is running on 14 percent of devices.

Ice Cream Sandwich is slowly but surely gaining on Gingerbread: last month, the former had just 16 percent share, compared with more than 60 percent for the latter.

So many devices running so many different versions of Android has become the norm. Over the years, a scenario has played out in which the latest products run the newest Android version, but legacy devices are slow to receive those updates. In other cases, legacy devices don't receive updates to the new software at all. The latest data seems to show that the trend continues.

Google's Android distribution data is tallied based on the number of Android devices that accessed its Google Play store in a 14-day period ending September 4.