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Android 4.1 now on 2.7% of Android phones

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Android 4.1 now on 2.7% of Android phones
Most Android users have Gingerbread on their phone

Most Android users have Gingerbread on their phone

Based on Android phones that have visited the Google Play Store for the two weeks ended Wednesday, Android 4.1 is now on 2.7% of Android flavored handsets. That is up from the 1.8% of Android handsets running Jelly Bean in last month's report. Gingerbread still represents the largest percentage of Android phones with 53.9% powered by Android 2.3.3-2.3.7. That is a slight decline from the 55.5% seen last month. The historical distribution chart shows that nearly 100% of Android users have a device with Android 2.2 or higher.

What has to be a disappointment to Android users, only 25.8% of them are using a phone powered by Android 4.0.3-4.0.4. That seems low for the OS build that has now been surpassed by Android 4.1 and the just announced Android 4.2. When you consider that 12% are still toting a phone running Android 2.2, you have to wonder if there is something to this fragmentation thing after all. In comparison, 15% of iOS users had installed iOS 6 just 24 hours after it was available, and that figure rose to 60% after one month.

Who is to blame? The manufacturers have been seemingly slow to update phones and even the Android flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S III, is fragmented itself with owners of the Sprint version receiving the Android 4.1 update while the device continues to run Android 4.0 on the other U.S. carriers.

source: AndroidDevelopers via AndroidCentral

Android 4.1 is installed in just 2.7% of Android phones
Android 4.1 is installed in just 2.7% of Android phones

Android 4.1 is installed in just 2.7% of Android phones


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posted on 01 Nov 2012, 23:44 5

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


The reason that manufacturer refuse to show android 4.1 update schedule is because they knew android 4.2 is coming, and they wanna jump from 4.0 to 4.2 in order to cut the cost for updates... Phonearena should know more on android instead of Apple...

Everybody keep claims that ios update is better than android, but if you look at the past record, ios 6 is worse than the ios 5 update... From 80% to 60%, that is a very slow update you made Apple...

Not to bash here but this is the rights for consumers to know this fact

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 23:58 5

6. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Not entirely true. Actually iOS 6 continues to improve. It's only many more idevices than Jellybean is on Android devices. The ecosystem for android needs better unification. Updates would be faster that way.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:28

27. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 889; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


This is obviously not the case considering the fiasco of the S3 updates even within the same country as posted above.. And if that were the case then phone manufacturers would never update their phones.. Personally I am only buying Nexus devices from now on until phone manufacturers start getting better like Samsung promised they would when promoting the S3.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:53

42. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Wow that is as a slow pace!!!!!!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:34

34. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Hey phonearena. Lets see this infographic split up by carrier. I'd say most jb users are on sprint. Gnex and the only carrier to have jb on the s3. Mad props sprint.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:47

35. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Phone Arena doesn't make the chart. Google does. Also, you didn't take a few things into account. 1) There are probably just as many unlocked G-Nexuses on AT&T & T-Mobile as there are on Sprint. They've all had JB since day one. 2) This chart includes tablets that have JB which aren't necessarily restricted to a carrier. 3) JB hasn't rolled out to all Sprint S3 users yet. I bet it's not as shifted toward Sprint as you might think.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 23:46 3

2. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow... this is a disgrace

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 23:56 4

5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


iOS 6 had a 60% adoption rate despite only being a month old. Android needs a more unified ecosystem.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 01:28 5

15. chronopc (Posts: 96; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


If you think about it, 60% adoption rate for iOS 6 is terrible. Only one product uses iOS and they are exactly the same (yes all iPhones from the original to iPhone 5 is pretty much the same) and made by the same company.

Android is used on so many different devices from some many different manufacturers and a lot of manufacturers want to costomize it, so it usually creates a delay in updates.

If you only take into account Nexus devices, the adoption rate is way higher than those of iOS.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 03:29

17. freefour1968 (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Uhhhh say what.....?????!!!!!????? you dont know much do you. Ipads, ipods, iphones from differant years, differant cpus, differents amounts of ram, blah blah blah. Apples are not the same, but they make their own software for thier own products and therefore can make a better update for the products they make. They are not reliant on a 3rd party to make an OS for them.. But since androind is a base that the manufactures get and all they need to.do.is add their drivers to it to support their hardware they shouldn't take as long as they do to get the updates out. They should learn from example from apple.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:43 2

22. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And that's why Android share keeps on increasing right?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:51

36. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Nice logic..hahaha.

Hi Everyone. It's okay that you don't get timely updates as long as we're still owning the marketshare but losing the profit shares.

If you don't see the issue here...then I don't know what to say :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:02

39. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I don't own Google stock. I don't care about profits.
What I care about is what the better product is, and right now, that is Android.

rusticguy's argument is not entirely invalid. He's saying that people don't care about "fragmentation." If they cared, they wouldn't buy Android phones.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 00:15 3

11. wendygarett (unregistered)


Have a taste of the jellybean and you'll love it :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 00:31 1

14. Femto (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Agreed. What a joke. It's a shame, too. JB is a much nicer experience than ICS. Step up your game peeps.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:25 2

18. illiad (Posts: 128; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


HUH!!! **when** android say that 'new jelly bean come with full adobe flash functionality' then you will see take-up of JB rise very fast.... :) :)

NOTE that most of them are *sold* with gingerbread, only the newer ones are *sold* with ICS.. that is the big reason for bigger numbers... people are lazy and / or clueless...
A friend just got a GS3 last month, and still has not registered an address to use google play yet! :/

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 01:36 1

16. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Market share of Android is growing despite these patented rants originating from Steve jobs. Let market do the talking.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 10:16

43. JunitoNH (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Oh........yeah..........I'm finally part of the 2%.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 23:51 1

3. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


wow, those numbers are shooting up quickly.

the chart says it all. half of android users are 2 years behind on os update

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:26 1

19. illiad (Posts: 128; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


well 24 months is the average contract length... :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:12

37. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


That's not good that's a ripoff

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 23:55 3

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The adoption rate is way too slow. JB is about to get its successor soon while phones are just now getting ICS.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 13:11 1

38. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


You're going to have to realize something someday and that is the fact that even if there are many android handsets out there that are not on the latest and greatest software version, it still has loads more of features compared to your worshiped iphone. So honestly I don't understand your complaining.

(not even having android why the heck are you complaining about when JB is getting released? OH, to talk crap about it as usual)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 00:00 2

7. paulyyd (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


haha whoa android is picking up the pace, watch out man!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 00:01 5

8. blingblingthing (Posts: 538; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Sure most OEM partners suck getting updates to users; but we all know the story isn't as simple as OEM to buyer. It is Google to OEM Partner to Carrier then to user. Then you have OEMs with multiple chipsets and multiple variants of phone which makes the update harder to finalize.

To summarize, this isn't Google's fault. It is slow OEMs and Carriers. The Google news is the All these GB users have like 80% of the new features IOS users have gotten

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 00:05 3

9. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)


I'd wish Google would release vanilla JB that could be installed on any phone as long as it meets minimum requirements. But I guess it won't be as simple as that...

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:35

21. illiad (Posts: 128; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


yes, its about as complex as wanting windows 7 on your 10 year old PC!! ( 1 Gb hard disk, massive 8Meg ram, 800Meg CPU...)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:21 2

26. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)


PCs from 2002 already have more than 40GB of storage, 1GB Ram, and 1 GHz cpus =_= I know, I had one.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:34

29. illiad (Posts: 128; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


and have you managed to get win7 running smoothly on it??????????

or how about a 15 year old PC?? :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:36

32. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)


I haven't, but I know it will as it passes minimum requirements. I had it replaced just as Windows 7 was released.

15 year old PC? Now who would still use that? A typical Hard Drive only lasts around 10 years.

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