After a long reign at the top of the Android  Platform Version Charts, Android 2.2 (Froyo) surrendered its position to version 2.3 (Gingerbread) last month. Gingerbread has extended its lead as the top OS version by running on half of all Android devices.

Slightly more than 50 percent of all Android phones and tablets that accessed the Android Market in the past two weeks are running on some form of Gingerbread. This is the highest that version 2.3 has ever claimed, and a big jump from the 43.9 percent reported in November. The Froyo branch of Android dropped from 40.7 percent to 35.3 percent.

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) also saw an increase to 2.3 percent of devices in the Android Market. That’s an all-time high for the 3.x branch that includes tablets like the ASUS Transformer, Motorola Xoom, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Last month, only 1.9 percent of devices were Honeycomb-based, so it’s good to see an increase to the Android tablet ecosystem.

As we’ve seen in previous reports, the rise in Gingerbread is a combination of new devices running a 2.3 version of the phone and a few existing products being upgraded. Obviously, it helps that Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) was just released recently and was not included in this breakdown. We should get our first look at how many Ice Cream devices are in the wild in January, so the Galaxy Nexus users will be represented in the next report.

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