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Jelly Bean more than doubles its share of the Android ecosystem

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Jelly Bean more than doubles its share of the Android ecosystem
This month wasn't a big change in the Android platform version distribution chart, but there was a bit of movement, and a fairly large jump specifically for Jelly Bean, which more than doubled its share of the Android ecosystem. 

The big loser this month was Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is down from 54.2% of the platform chart to 50.8%, but it looks as though Gingerbread will
Jelly Bean more than doubles its share of the Android ecosystem
continue to hold the majority of the Android ecosystem for a while longer. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich saw a moderate jump from 25.8% to 27.5%. But, the big winner this month was Jelly Bean.

Even just looking at the Android 4.1 part of Jelly Bean, the version more than doubled its share from 2.7% to 5.9%, and adding in the Android 4.2 part of Jelly Bean will add in an extra 0.8%. And, 0.8% may look like a pretty small number, but given that Android 4.2 was just released about 3 weeks ago, and is only available on 4 devices (Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10), that's not a bad showing. 

Although, we're not expecting all that much movement on the Android 4.2 share this month since the Nexus 4 is still showing as either sold out, or shipping in "5 to 6 weeks" in the Google Play Store. 

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posted on 03 Dec 2012, 18:31 9

1. JunitoNH (Posts: 862; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Wow!! a whole 5.9% - Great

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 19:18 5

13. MeoCao (unregistered)


The difference between ICS and JB is not big so many will skip ICS and move to JB.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 20:47

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


I'm gonna be moving to JB pretty soon, just gotta wait till Decwmber 15, or later in December

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 00:16 1

25. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


so you are xperia user?

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 07:34

29. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3842; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Android world dominance is HUGE. It will take time to go & eclipse 2.3 Gingerbread. There are hundreds of millions of Android devices. It will take time but it is moving.

Android is JUST too huge but the progress made is still pretty good. Little by little. Imagine how someone’s world will change once they move from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to 4.2 Jelly Bean. lol

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 18:35

3. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


So, about a third of the phones now have JB. I wonder if this counts all devices, even ones with a custom ROM? I have HellyBean 4.2.1 on my captivate and a 4.2.1 CM10 rom on my Droid RAZR - love having the real deal on my nexus 7 device.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 18:45 3

7. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 240; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Pretty jealous on the 4.2 ports haha. Some devs are still porting it over for the ATT note 2. can't wait!!!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 20:30

19. nyuvo (Posts: 72; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Only 6.7% have JB. But added to that the percentage of people on ICS and you get about a third (I assume that is what you meant).
But it is great news. I'm running 4.1.2 on my motorola defy (yes a two year old device) with a stable port of 4.2.1 in the works

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 21:07

21. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


D'UH...sorry - I meant just 4.0+ which is ICS and JB - sorry about that

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 18:53 5

8. Aeires (unregistered)


GB is to Android what XP is to Windows, just won't go away. Lot of phones with GB are coming due for a two year contract upgrade, wouldn't be surprised to see those numbers dropping more sharply next quarter.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 18:57 4

9. wendygarett (unregistered)


some people just happy to own a gingerbread phone, they just don't wanna let go thier sweet memories :)

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 19:01 5

10. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I'm still rocking Gingerbread on my phone and it's just so nice! It'll be cool to upgrade to a phone with Jelly Bean, though.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 19:18 3

12. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Yea you might need to upgrade, trust me your missing out.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 19:34 4

16. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Oh I know I am. My brother has a Nexus 7 and I've gotten to play around with 4.2. It's wonderful.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 16:57

33. andynaija (Posts: 453; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


I know I! remember when I wanted Gingerbread beacause it looked so cool especially the new black status bar but hopefully I'l be getting the Nexus 4 sometime next year unless a newer device comes out.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 19:13 5

11. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Jelly Bean needs to get out there on more devices. I feel as though ICS was a huge step forward for android and Jelly Bean just refined and perfected it. Loving it on my Nexus 10, waiting for the update to my GSIII

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 19:26

14. yowanvista (Posts: 298; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I pity those still stuck with that rotten obsolete Gingerbread, they're missing out a lot.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 19:29

15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6205; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


ICS won't be a huge diffrence in the PIE since its ICS for 2012 2013 is JELLY BEAN time. That's the phone and OS I'm waiting to purchase next spring

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 20:17 5

18. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I've been rocking a Droid 2 for a while, so I'm still among the 50% on Gingerbread. However, after being quite disenchanted with update cycles being on the carriers' terms, I bought a Nexus 4. I'll jump from 2.3 to 4.2, and be among the first on 4.3 or 5.0, whichever is next.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 21:08

22. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


4.2.3.2.1 and 1/2

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 21:16

23. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


For those who have a Galaxy S3 - try this JB 4.2.1 ROM -http://hellybean.com/download.html

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 22:50 5

24. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


The gingerbread is like windows xp in computer word.... It just won't go away even though the newer version has been released

Gb = xp
Ics = vista
Jb = 7

Key lime pie (?) = 8

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 02:51 2

28. Grishm (Posts: 52; Member since: 18 May 2012)


Windows Vista was a flop whereas ICS had a successful run.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 14:28

31. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Yeah, it's not really a good parallel, unless we're talking about Vista SP2 (where they fixed a lot of the problems). ICS was universally well-received and is a leap forward in design. JB is just a polishing.

Gingerbread is XP, Honeycomb is Vista, Ice Cream Sandwich is 7, and Jelly Bean is 7 SP1.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 00:51

26. nando2do (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


android has to stop this, one update every year should be fine instead of 2, that keeps everyone felling behind

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 14:29

32. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


They are only doing one big update a year. 4.2 isn't major.

Even if they did, it would be irrelevant. 5.0's release won't make Jelly Bean any worse of an OS. Not releasing 5.0 doesn't make Jelly Bean any better.

It's probably better to have some on 5.0 and many on GB/ICS/JB, rather than all on GB/ICS/JB. That way, at least a few people get more cutting edge features.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 01:45

27. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 794; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Gingerbread is where Android really had matured, it gave a great balance of Speed, UI consistancy and memory efficiency and in 2.3.4 and higher it had partial multicore support. If you own a phone on GB apps wise you really arent missing out on much except maybe Chrome.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 18:00

34. MC1123 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


wow...GB is still huge..

i wonder why it takes so long for GB to ICS?

but JB grows so fast! might outnumber ICS soon!

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