Flashback FridayAs another version of Android is reportedly being prepared for release, it seems only fitting to take a look back at the version of the operating system that really seems to have been the turning point for its adoption.

Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread, still lingers on a lot of handsets in the world. Having released in Dec. 2010, 2.3 still holds the dominant marketshare with 38.5 percent of Android devices running anywhere from version 2.3 to 2.3.7. In theory that number should begin dropping rapidly from here on out as two year contracts with carriers from the initial release to May 2011 are now expiring and will only escalate with each passing day. We should now see Android 4.1 through 4.3 – once it’s released – taking over as consumers upgrade to newer handsets. (This is of course if they choose to stay with Android which our gut feeling is the majority will.)

While Gingerbread is only about two and a half years old, it’s amazing how far the Android operating system has come, and it now looks ancient by today’s Jelly Bean standards.

Of course, if you want to blow your mind, go back and look at the introduction of the original Android.