By Ralph Michaelson, | January 11, 2017
Android Froyo was officially launched in May 2010. (YouTube)
Google has updated its Android platform distribution chart for January. The latest information indicates that Google's Froyo operating system has finally exited the market. The report shows that devices running on Froyo, otherwise known as Android version 2.2 to 2.2.3, are no longer active. It means that the platform has officially dropped below the assigned 0.1 percent threshold set by the company.
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This makes Android Gingerbread or version 2.3.3 to 2.3.7 the oldest surviving version of the operating system still being used.
Android Froyo was officially launched in May 2010. Due to it being installed in less than 0.1 percent of the active devices in the market, it has been removed from Google's tracking system, GSM Arena reported. Gingerbread is followed closely by Android Ice Cream Sandwich with each at 1 percent and 1.1 percent respectively.
According to Droid Life, Android Gingerbread has dropped to 1 from 1.2 percent last month. Ice Cream Sandwich also lost ground to fall to 1.1 from its previous 1.2 percent share. JellyBean comes in third with an 11.6 share from a 12.8 percent value in December. KitKat is struggling at 22.6 from 24 percent last year, while Lollipop has fallen to 33.4 from a 34 percent share last month.
Android Marshmallow climbed up 29.6 percent from its 26.3 value in the previous year, which makes it the most widely used platform version currently. However, Android Nougat is slowly claiming its share with new smartphone models being released running on the latest version of the Android operating system. These values were taken from Google's official Android distribution chart website.
Following Android Froyo's official swan song, upcoming flagship smartphones from major manufacturers are expected to run on Android Nougat. Nougat boasts of features like the ability to use two apps at the same time, keeping track of where apps were installed from, bundled notifications, more notification settings, and a new data saver function.
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