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Jelly Bean now on 25% of Android devices

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Jelly Bean now on 25% of Android devices
Starting with the release of the new charts, Google has changed the way it collects information for the monthly Dashboard release. Back in the day when Froyo and Eclair were the current builds, Google took information from Android phones each time they checked in to Google servers. Now, the data comes from phones as they visit the Google Play Store. This should result in more accurate information.

Gingerbread is still the Android OS build most in use

Gingerbread is still the Android OS build most in use

The first monthly report to use the new data collection method shows that 25% of Android users are now sporting a device powered by Jelly Bean which is Android 4.1.x to Android 4.2.x. But 39.8% of Android users are still powered by Gingerbread with 39.7% holding a model running Android 2.3.3 to Android 2.3.7. So the majority of Android devices are still being driven by a 30 month old build. Right behind them is Ice Cream Sandwich users with 29.3% of Android devices.

By next month, we could see Jelly Bean take over second place from Ice Cream Sandwich, but it is going to take some more time before enough Gingerbread users upgrade to a new phone to change which Android OS build is at top.

source: Google, AndroidDeveloper

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posted on 02 Apr 2013, 21:25 8

1. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Why Gingerbread is still the Android OS build most in use? Because they can't upgrade their phone, the manufactures didn't even release the update for most low-end phones, that's why Gingerbread is still on the top.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 21:37 5

2. uchihakurtz (Posts: 210; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Proud to be one of the 25%, and official, thanks Sammy :D

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 21:52 1

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6148; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Im stuck on 2.3 ginger bread since last summer on my poor atrix :(

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 01:01

19. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Cyanogenmod team could give it some love .
Like what I did to my GS2 , no way I am going back to ugly , bloated touch wiz ROM

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 21:58

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3237; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The adoption rate for JB is far too low. The number should be higher than that given what ICS was supposed to accomplish.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 22:44 1

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 2593; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


As if you care, which Android phone are you using?

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 22:58 2

10. Sniggly (Posts: 6698; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I honestly think that Mxy uses a flip phone or old Blackberry. He never necessarily says anything good about Apple. He just bashes Android.

He's like the senile old man in suspenders, plaid shirt and polyester shorts who waves his walking stick at kids on the lawn.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 09:11

26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3237; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I honestly think you are wrong. I know plenty of people who use flip phones.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 22:54 3

7. Sniggly (Posts: 6698; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And ICS accomplished exactly what it was supposed to. The trouble is that GB running phones were still being sold this time last year. And many of those phones will never be updated to anything beyond. Considering there's about 400 million Android devices out there, I'd say it's not too shabby having almost 60 percent of them running the post bump software, so to speak, the bump being the leap in changes from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich.

That said, the article is right-as people upgrade away from old phones, Gingerbread will drop like a rock. It'll take a long time for it to reach 0 percent, because there will be those who will hold onto their older Android phones forever, but it'll probably be down to the teens or even single digits a year from now.

This issue isn't unique to Android, by the way. Windows versions rarely exceed adoption rates quicker than Android. As a matter of fact:

http://bgr.com/2013/04/01/windows-8-market-share-march-2013-408961/

The latest version of Windows has LESS MARKET SHARE THAN WINDOWS FUC.KING VISTA OH MY GOD. Hell, Windows 7, which is the best version of Windows ever released, still barely edges WINDOWS FU.CKING XP, a DECADE OLD VERSION OF THE OPERATING SYSTEM, in market share.

So yeah, I'll take 55 percent of Android users being on software that's less than 2 years old and still just about as capable as the latest version of iOS.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 00:26 2

12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3884; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Why do you keep trying, Sniggly? You know he doesn't listen to reason. He isn't going to comprehend your Windows and Android comparison.

He's going to keep bashing Android for "fragmentation" and low adoption rates just like he's going to keep bashing Motorola for bad updates.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 00:39 1

15. Sniggly (Posts: 6698; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You're right. I don't do it for his benefit anymore. I do it because I don't want to leave his bulls**t uncorrected before the audience that is Phonearena's readers.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 01:17

22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3884; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I just don't understand how he hasn't been banned yet. He's obviously just blindly bashing without any actual sense in his comments.

Anyways, the 4.1 percentage should go up a little now that the U.S Galaxy S2's are starting to get updated (thankfully).

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 09:12 1

27. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3237; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Who corrects you my misguided friend? You do it because the truth bothers you.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 09:16 1

28. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3237; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Mobile OS is far different from a desktop OS. But you already knew that. You just don't want to admit it.

Windows 8 is such a huge step forward than 7 was to Vista. I hope you also realized that as well.

Only thing I am saying is that the adoption rate for ICS and JB should be higher.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 22:49 1

6. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Sure, why not move the goal posts? Of course, we all know people with Android phones who have not visited the Play Store once, or ever installed an update, but they don't count because the truth is inconvenient.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 22:56 3

8. Sniggly (Posts: 6698; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


What are you babbling about here?

These numbers are meant for developers, so letting developers know what percentages of each operating system are being used to access the Play Store IS far more helpful for the people developing the s**t that's going on the Play Store.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 22:56

9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2108; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I have to agree with this. I don't see how tracking the number of folks visiting the Play Store could result in more accurate information. I know tons of folks who hardly ever visit the Play Store, too. I'll check their apps & half haven't been updated in forever. Also, it would seem to me that people with much older versions of Android would be less likely to go there since there's way less they can do & download there. Jelly Bean jumped 8.5% this month. I've never seen any version jump that much in one month. It's obvious that the results are skewed because of this.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 23:17 4

11. Sniggly (Posts: 6698; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Read my answer to him above. This information is meant for developers so they know what versions of Android their potential customer base is using.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 00:26

13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2108; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I did read it. Thank you. Doesn't change my opinion on the matter.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 00:37

14. Sniggly (Posts: 6698; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So despite the fact that for the purpose it's meant for, the new method of collecting data is more accurate, you're just going to go ahead and ignore that because you'd rather not admit you're wrong?

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 00:40

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2108; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Admit that I'm wrong about what? I'm not ignoring anything. I said those numbers don't represent the true spectrum of Android users. About that, I don't believe I'm wrong. I said I read your comment. That's fine. If these numbers benefit developers better, that's great. Doesn't change the fact that they are skewed numbers.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 00:46

17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2108; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


A more correct title of the chart would be "The Android Version Distribution of Those Who Visit the Play Store" because not everyone does on a regular basis & some, not at all. And those with much older versions are far less likely to.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 00:58

18. Sniggly (Posts: 6698; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Actually, since the Play Store isn't even available in a lot of places, using it to calculate percentages will cut out a lot of people using newer versions of Android too, so it all balances out.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 01:06

20. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


If I am a dev I would make my apps compatible for ICS and above .
ICS is easier to work on so screw gingerbread .
Android to be honest sucks before ICS update so ugly and laggy . Glad to be using Jellybean now.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 01:17

21. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2108; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


That doesn't even make any sense. It would be cutting out everyone in those countries. Newer versions & older alike, so no, it doesn't just balance out.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 03:05

23. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I wonder what is taking those gingerbread thunderbolt users so long to upgrade to a new device. Move your butts.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 10:40

29. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2108; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Actually, the Thunderbolt is on ICS now.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 05:07

24. mohitmk21 (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


Get jelly bean update out for GS 2 and the percentage will increase drastically for sure

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:43

25. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1210; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


For all the people who are feeling negative about this, a little perspective.

First about not upgrading their phones, some phones aren't upgraded because they CAN'T be due to hardware limitations. My brother is still running an OG Droid Incredible. A 1GHz single processor and less than a GB of RAM isn't going to make for a decent JB experience on that phone. Not every phone will be able to run the latest software because everytime new tech comes out software engineers find ways to make use of it, which means older hardware probably won't be able to.

As far as "moving the goal posts" in reference to the new way to they're collecting data, are you against progress? The old way involved checking Google's servers, which store data for around a year. So you are looking at more recent data, PLUS data from a year ago. Which would've been before JB was introduced and engineers were still trying to get ICS on devices. The reason I believe GB has hung around do long is that one of the releases after it was not an Os for phones, but for tablets. HC being released shortly after, along with an extended period with GB (quite a few versions of it) due to revamping android in ICS. ICS was one of the first big changes to the OS so multiple releases were a stopgap while the finished ICS. Most android version only get to .2 or .3 before they put out a new release, but GB got up to .5 or .6 for some phones I believe. We dealt with GB the longest, it makes sense that it will take the longest to go away.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 11:41

30. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


HW limitations is the most fuc.... excuse of all time. My SGS from 2012 is now running android 4.2.2 and even with touchwiz installed, but Samsung said that it can´t run ICS, oh really, but why am I running the latest android at least 100x smoother than gingerbread? My phone has all the hw I need, I haven´t run into an app that lagged on my phone, or at least not very much. So don´t tell me anything about hw limitations, it is just Samsung is too lazy to make an upgrade for my phone. But I am pleased to see that Samsung updates the new phone (SGS3, SG note 2) very well.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 14:56

31. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1210; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I'm not necessarily talking about the core OS or the skins, but the features that come with each new release. That's what most people are looking for. But to say that hardware limitations are not a part of it is equally f*****. Yes you could no doubt put JB on a G1, but what's the experience gonna be like? Granted Project Butter will help, but the amount of RAM, plus single vs dual core makes a difference. And while it may work great on yours, it may not be the case with all phones like yours, given there are so many different setups possible (phone settings, debloated or not, number of apps and which specific apps, etc.). I'm sure they test it with multiple setups and if the majority don't work with the new release and they can't get around it, they pass on the update.

Btw, notice the difference in hardware between your phone and the new ones? That's a factor, same as how many users out there have the phone. If there isn't a huge number of people with the phone, it's probably not worth the time and effort to update. You said it's an SGS from 2012, so what's the actual model? In the US at least the only phone I remember hearing about released last year was the Stratosphere2, probably a few like the Ace and so on are Galaxy S variations.

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