Jelly Bean now running on 49% of all Android devices
Another month goes by, and as always, the folks over at Google have released their latest numbers on the usage of its OS. Those are mostly targeted at developers, but there's no rule saying that we can't take a peek, too.
First and foremost, we're happy to note that Android Jelly Bean is getting real close to the 50% threshold, or in other words – half of all devices on the droid platform are now running a version of Jelly Bean, mostly 4.2.1 (36.5%), while the newest Android 4.3 only accounts for 1.5% right now. Neither of these numbers appear surprising in the least – Jelly Bean is by far the most polished of all major updates, and it has proven to work just fine even on less potent hardware. We would, however, definitely like to see more devices leave the now dated 4.2.1 build and move onto 4.3, though this has traditionally proven problematic.
On the other hand, super-old versions of Android, like Gingerbread, are still pretty popular, at 28.5%. These include all the legacy devices that are still operational, though we're still seeing new devices coming out with the OS, mostly in China and India.
At 20.6%, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has a fifth of the market, though we expect a good number of those to start making the jump to Jelly Bean sooner or later. Unfortunately, there are quite a few ICS devices out right now who have been officially cut off, so that's that.
In case you weren't aware, Google also reports figures covering the swath of different screen sizes and the pixel densities that exist in the Android universe. While it's impossible to call the exact split, we can nevertheless extrapolate some information, like the fact that despite the recent predominance of large screened devices (e.g. 4.7'' plus), nearly 90% of the populace has to make do with a screen estate anywhere from 2- to 4.5-inches. Really puts things in perspective, doesn't it?
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1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4812; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
If all OEMs would have updated their devices to JB then JB would have been reached to 70% - 80% mark. Still 49% is great and increasing.
5. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
And the remaining 51% is my country where people are still using Gingerbread!
6. Shatter (Posts: 1763; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Ya if its still running gingerbread right now I highly doubt its ever going to even see ice cream sandwhich.
11. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Yeah, makes sense to call someone a retard when you can't even write a four worded sentence correctly.
17. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
I know I sounded a lil over-dramatic by saying that the remaining 51% of the android (particularly v2.3) users are in my country. But 17.8% of the world's total population is in here (India) and each one has a minimum of two low end Samsung (or other local branded) android phones running GB or ICS here (or at least, most people whom I've seen has!). That's what I meant! Too bad you didn't understand the difference between a joke and
18. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
**a serious comment and tried correcting me!!
7. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
Sure. Three updates called jelly bean. A cheap trick by google. Hopefully kitkat will be available to more phones.
9. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2842; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
The adoption rate is too low. JB as a whole is almost two years old. There needs to be improvements with getting updates out.
10. tech2 (Posts: 1309; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
You see with android updates mean 'up'dates and not 'down'dates which comes with a barrage of bugs :)
Perhaps you didn't read this news which seems rather odd as you never miss any apple news:http://www.phonearena.com/news
13. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
There's a good 300 different phones, which one in particular are you wanting to know?
15. Ninetysix (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Shouldn't matter which phone it is no? Any phone running 4.0.x, 4.1.x, etc. Don't they need the bug fixes, security fixes, and enhancements in the newer releases?
20. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
How's that unofficially updated s4 of yours with the rom?
22. Ninetysix (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Fine thank you. If I officially updated my AT&T via OTA, it whould have locked the bootloader (MF3 update). Pretty sh*tty move by Samsung/AT&T.
23. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Hard dose of reality says no. Low end phones aren't going to see all the updates because their hardware requirements and because they are cheap phones. I'm sure that's a lot of what happens in these charts.
Flagships are another issue, OEMs and carriers should be updating because people pay top dollars for them. A couple of years ago it wasn't what you could say was good but in the past couple of years OEMs have stepped it up and done a better job.
24. Zero0 (Posts: 561; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I don't know when 3 months became "almost" a year, but okay.
16. Slammer (Posts: 814; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Many of my friends and family have found no reason to rush to an upgrade. They seem very content on how their present version is working in spite of how I tell them the advantages. Android is comprehensive enough where updates aren't as anticipated like ios versions.
Not a jab at Apple. But, my Apple friends can't seem to wait long enough for the next ios version.
19. rawbow (Posts: 405; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Even if the want to upgrade, can they really? without having to go for a new phone....just saying
21. Slammer (Posts: 814; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
No. But, old versions of the iPhone are no different. Given the scope of what Android users want vs Apple users, Apple users are more eager to upgrade.