Google kills off Donut and Eclair in Android’s platform distribution numbers for August

It’s that time again, time for another update to Android’s platform distribution numbers. This time around, Google’s changing up some things. Google has stopped delivering distribution information on Android versions 1.6 Donut and 2.1 Eclair as the two don’t support the Google Play store app.

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This isn’t because collectively they only accounted for 1.3% of Android devices last month, but because the Google Play Store app is only compatible with Android 2.2 on up. Since Google provides these numbers as a tool for developers when building apps, we suppose it only makes sense.

Also Google now shows devices that have pinged the Play store in the last 7 days as opposed to 14 like before.

Anyway, Jelly Bean keeps rising (all three sub-versions of it) and now accounts for almost half of the Android distribution (45.1%), while the other most popular versions Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich are steadily losing ground. Gingerbread has 30.7% (down from 33.1% last month), while ICS has 21.7% (down from 22.5% last month).