Android users take to Jelly Bean faster than most any other Android build
whopping 57% of Android users are still using a device running on Gingerbread and this is a build of Android that dates back to 2010. Even with the huge increase in Jelly Bean users over the two months ended in August, the increase is coming from a small base which means that the same issues continue to work against Android users. Slow updates, manufacturers deciding not to update fairly new devices and long testing times are problematic.
Unlike iOS, which updates basically one phone and one tablet (admittedly across a few generations), Android updates need to work on different phones and tablets made by different manufacturers. And even a stock Android model like the Verizon version of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus has yet to be updated to Android 4.1.
source: Chitika via Phandroid
1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
"Unlike iOS, which updates basically one phone and one tablet (admittedly across a few generations), Android updates need to work on different phones and tablets made by different manufacturer"
its much easier to work with "one" device now isn't it?
but still i get your drift.......and thats why when choosing an android device its kinda best to go with a really popular one.......ones that get more attention than others and also choose a good company.........like HTC Samsung or Sony
4. wendygarett (unregistered)
Dude... ios 6 can start update today as well...
You'll see the growth :)
5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
sigh.......i know wendy.......i know lol......
but where we wont see growth is the OS :(
7. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
quick updates, but same restricted operating system
28. c.hack (Posts: 526; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Android - locked bootloader and no updates
iOS - easy jailbreaks and timely updates for many years.
Who did you say was restricted again?
32. adelta90 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
im sorry, locked bootloader? wanna try again?
for ios, you need a jailbreak just for a file manager (at least in 4s)
i find that hard to digest since we are talking about smartphones
12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
no bodies fighting man stop being sensitive
33. joey_sfb (Posts: 3928; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
iOS 6 is just a name as not all the features will be available on older handset.
Android mirgation on feature is 100% even on very old handset.
11. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 107; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
18. mas11 (Posts: 1033; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
You forgot Motorola, recently they have been working hard to make sure their year old phones have Jelly Bean.
29. c.hack (Posts: 526; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
My one year old DX2 is still bootloader locked and running GB. Moto is full of s*(^t. They have only unlocked 2 phones and have no intention of unlocking older phones.
Its all marketing BS.
31. deacz (Posts: 157; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
Yea it is, the international version of the Xoom is like 4 updates behind the american one.
42. mas11 (Posts: 1033; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
That's why they are giving you $100 toward your next phone. (Btw it came out in May so technically it's over a year old by 4 months now)
23. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
Companies like HTC and Samsung should work on their flagship phones and FOCUS on 1 or 2 phones, that's what they should really work on, to make those couple of phones better and BETTER. Look how ridiculously incredible Apple is doing with just 4 dif. phones (3GS, 4, 4S, 5). Samsung should have better Quality phones, they have the sources to do so... Hell, even HTC is using aluminium.
Everytime there's a phone coming out and people go crazy, next thing you know a month later another phone comes out that you want and then again and again every two months there's one phone hatching. In my opinion this is crazy, they should focus on just a couple phones and then there WILL be faster Android updates due to the decreased number of phones and i bet you if they really work on it they could make Android the perfect OS and 1000% smoother.
2. Brewski (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)
I'm Still using Gingerbread (2.3.3) on Droid X. But not for long. As soon as the Maxx HD and the Optimus G come out and some reviews are in I will decide between the two and have ICS then JB.
3. Apple_Royally_ (banned) (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)
57%still on GB and Fragmentation..... IOS is the same 2.....
30. c.hack (Posts: 526; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
On iOS the user has the choice to update. On Android you have no choice. You have to pray the manufacturer and then the carrier give you an update - and they almost never do.
Even 3 year old iPhone 3GS's will get iOS 6 today - if they want - on the day of release. Name one droid that got an updated even after a year and a half.
36. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
HTC vivid for ATT, almost a year and a half old. It has ICS. :)
also Atrix 2,
37. SleepingOz (unregistered)
"no choice" really?
You can update your Android yourself, well before the official updates are out!
38. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)
Samsung nexus S. Came out in 2010 and got full jellybean
39. andro. (Posts: 1986; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Yes 3gs customer can get the updates,but with much less of the features and for the most part they are better not getting the update at all. We've had lots of customers with some major 3gs problems even when they updated to ios 5. Its quite better off if you have an older and less technologically advanced phone not to get the current maximum os update and have smooth problem free functionality than to get the actually update and have a your phone half bricked as a result,android manufacturers know this and as result don't result handsets not capable,other factors like network carriers can slow any updates that are released. You wouldn't put a new ferrari engine in a toyota yaris chassis would you,it not built to take it.Apple hides its fragmentation well because the os hasn't developed much from year to year and the phones really have changed much either
6. Cacharoes (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
It will not be that long, before that 57% shifts to ICS or JB. Considering ICS and JB are starting to be on Devices when they ship.
Most of those people using GB should start having their upgrade.
Of course it would be nice if we did get upgrade faster, but that is what happens when we have a choice of nearly 4,000 different Android Models.
Versus the 9 or so IOS Devices.
Google Works to help make the Upgrading work faster anyway. Unifying GB and Honeycomb into ICS and releasing JB early to Manufacturers.
We definitely are having a much faster adoption of JB than with previous Android iterations.
It is good we are having some progress in this area.
13. Femto (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
To each his own, but it sounds like you're very forgiving for these extremely slow updates. 1.47% is WEAK by any measure. End of story.
19. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
well the real question is how many of those actually care for an update, these numbers have a meaning for geeks and devs..... and assuming from what we heard about the WP camp having 3 versions (Mango, Tango, Windows 8) I don't see much of a difference from 2.3 4.0 and 4.1 when devs are involved, and now that the new iPhone has fragmented their ecosystem too I technically see the same headache on every mayor platform
21. Femto (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
You make a good point. I'm annoyed by it because very much appreciate the upgrades present in Jelly bean. You're right, though. Most people probably don't care or even know what jelly bean is.
Next paragraph not aimed at you, proto:
Making excuses for a pathetic number like 1.47% and giving red thumbs for calling that a weak number just lends credence to those who claim the followers of these web sites to be fandroid sheep - defending android at all costs; not letting logic io common sense get in the way. Hey, I like android, too. I'm just saying it's not perfect, and 1.47% IS weak.
40. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
if you ever been into android you will find out how normal this is, for the first time google is addressing the issue and the adoption rate is super high.
43. Femto (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
I've been into android since our old buddy, the original Motorola Droid, was released. Well, let's just hope we start seeing a bunch of JB updates and phones released with JB very soon...or at least lots of support so we can flash it on any phone we choose.
9. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
It's because JB is just so damn good! :)
10. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Its really just phone sales that cause fragmentation. Think since GB dates back to 2010 that means anyone who bought a phone that year is only eligible for a upgrade now in 2012. 2yr contracts play a huge part in the "suppose" fragmentation. New versions of android come out usually yearly sometimes less. Kinda hard for most manufactures to keep up let alone trying to make new devices and update skins for those new devices. An at the same time trying to refine skins for there older devices and work in an update for them. Not saying they don't take there sweet time with the updates but still not all their fault.
Idea to propose to manufactures would be to take their top 3 phones an promise these specific phones will be the only ones that are guaranteed to be updated to future Android updates. Obviously manufacture updates would be excluded. That way people will know what phones will get future updates before they buy. Would save everybody time and make the manufactures have little to no excuse for updates being extremely slow. it will also give the android ecosystem a break from all the suppose fragmentation.
14. rallyguy (Posts: 611; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
JB is great! Apple fans have nothing to criticize Android over except fragmentation. I don't see it being an issue at all.
So your arguement is it's better to have old outdated software because everyone will have outdates software, verus new software with new innovative features making the user experience better?
I have JB and all of my apps have been updated. I'm tired of the biased against Android here. Most of us know a large portion of Gingerbread are Kindles.
15. rallyguy (Posts: 611; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Same thing with Apple. the Iphone 3G can't run the current IOS.
When you are on top, you have to keep getting better and be innovative to stay there. If you want to stay in the middle, you just make small changes to what you already have.
20. mas11 (Posts: 1033; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Imo the new Motoblur looks pretty damn good, but I completely understand where you're coming from. Touchwiz and Sense are too much, HTC and Samsung need to tone it down.
17. theBankRobber (Posts: 649; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
JB is the most stable Android version out, it really improves the hell out of phones. I thought upgrading from GB to ICS was a good thing, JB takes it to a whole new level with stability, speed and how smooth everything just runs.
22. Penny (Posts: 1372; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Why do I feel like the equivalent Windows Phone article would read "Forget about the whopping 1500% growth rate, keep in mind that, however, but, despite, nevertheless, with all possible dubiousness placed upon this news and any other qualifier we may have left out, that only amounts to a total share of 1.47%."
24. Sniggly (Posts: 7230; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The problem is not with the goddamn manufacturers, Alan. The problem is the carriers. For instance, the Razr and Maxx had an ICS update that could have been pushed out in April. It wasn't until June though. The GS2 variants in the US magically didn't get their ICS update until after the GS3 was made available. And the Vivid, the first US phone built with Gingerbread that got updated to ICS in the US, didn't get it until they were just about to discontinue it and come out with the One X.
Hell, the Wifi Xoom is already running Jelly Bean, and got its ICS update a month after ICS came out. The problem is the carriers. They need to be dealt with if the process is to be sped up.
25. speckledapple (Posts: 887; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
This is something Google will have to remedy in the future as it hurts when great phones cannot be updated in a timely fashion
26. platformwars (Posts: 86; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Analyst say that Android has slower updates of softwares. That's true compared to iOS but every coin has 2 sides to it. Apple has the authority and decides which phones it wants to upgrade to the next version of the OS or not.. even though its been quiet good by still upgrading the 3Gs.. but the freedom that android has is great. Im using a HTC Desire HD and when HTC broke the news that my device wont be upgraded to ICS i was disappointed and thought of switching to WP or iOS.. but by the time the announcement was made JB came out and its freakin awesome.. so i searched the net.. found a version of JB for the HTC Desire HD, updated my phone and its like a new phone now.. so thats great about android..
Another thing about Apple is that since it controls the hardware and the software, i believe its not as future proof as some of the Android models.. like the S3 has come with Quad Core Processor and 2 GB Ram.. so the next few versions of Android will run smoothly on the device.. whereas if iOS decides to give a major upgrade to their OS(which is due BTW).. the older devices might not be compatible at all.. something like WINDOWS PHONE...
27. xfire99 (Posts: 590; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Ouch..Apple fans wont like this:http://www.businessinsider.com
But dont think its matter, since android is too high tech anyway for all Apple fans to understand how to use.
34. tlsmithsr (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)
iOS6 is just like gingerbread.. So apple is just now catching up... No need to worry fellow android fans
35. ibap (Posts: 719; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
"Android users take to Jelly Bean faster than most any other Android build" - what the heck does that mean? Wouldn't we all update if it was available for our devices? Like this is a function of what users want rather than what the manufacturers and carriers give them.
1500% growth since it became available? How do you figure that? Going from zero to any amount is an infinite increase. Or are you starting from beta test usage?
Add that to the fact that you've had network improvements and some hot new devices - these numbers don't mean a darn thing.
41. Aeires (unregistered)
Just because you might be using an older version doesn't mean your phone is fragmented. That's like saying anyone using Windows 7 has a fragmented computer because they can get Windows 8 now.
Seriously, get over the fragmentation term, or at least understand what fragmentation means before using it.
44. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
To be fair, I'd rather wait far longer for an update worth having - with lots of new features and far better performance, than get one with very little in the way of change (that takes up non-expandable memory) like, I dunno, say a new (and worse) maps app? Just saying.