Jelly Bean on 13.6% of Android models
The largest number of Android users, 45.6%, are sporting a device running on Gingerbread. Specifically, 45.4% are using Gingerbread 2.3.3 to 2.3.7. Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, actually had a small decline and is now on 29% of Android devices from 29.1% last month. This could indicate that Android 4.0 has peaked and that Jelly Bean, which rose 3.4% in usage over last month, is on the way up.
The sad part of the distribution statistics is the large number of Android users that are still using Gingerbread and the 8.1% still on Android 2.2 (Froyo). That means more than half of Android users still are using a device with Android 2.2 to Android 2.3.7 on board.
source: AndroidDevelopers via TheNextWeb
3. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Or 45.4% have no choice but to stick with GB. The adoption rate for android is too love.
10. joey_sfb (Posts: 2892; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Android really got nothing to do with you as you don use it at all. Your comment is invalid as its only from hear say. Stick to iOS and comment there which will be your actual user experience.
30. JunitoNH (Posts: 882; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Actually, your comments are invalid and void. If you read the article, it clearly states information was released by Google, therefore is not hear say. He might need to stick to iOS, but you need to learn on how to read.
34. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
That doesn't address anything I've said let alone the article.
15. Sniggly (Posts: 6946; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Or maybe it's a combination of people not updating their phones and people not upgrading to new ones yet. You'll see Gingerbread collapse in the next year.
33. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Sounds like making up excuses to me. How can people update something that doesn't have an update to begin with? Motorola did cut out a very large userbase from ICS, phones that were perfectly capable of running ICS and Jellybean.
52. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I'd believe the people not updating their phones part. A friend of mine didn't update her Razr to ICS until I told her to, 2 months later. I'm sure there are more people who do the same, and probably still haven't updated.
Also, the not upgrading statement makes a good point. A fair amount of people who bought Gingerbread devices in 2011 (the year it was released) bought it with a contract, most likely 2 years long. And if their devices didn't get an ICS update, or the users just haven't updated yet, they won't get out of the GB percentage until they upgrade with another 2 year contract in 2013 (or update before then if available), in which most devices will have 4.1 installed.
So over the course of 2013; you'll see 2.3 go down substantially, 4.0.x go up marginally, and 4.1-4.2 skyrocket (more so with 4.1).
42. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
It's a sign that GB can still compete headon with iOS6.1 ... those who use it don;t find any lag ...
5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8225; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Off contract Android phones, free phones and really really cheap on contract phones are the one's that make up the 45%. I know someone who's running Android 1.6 Cupcake...
11. ginger.is.goood (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)
It could also be a sign that GB is still good for second life* instead of dustbin.
*second life = given to someone or sell it on second hand market.
45. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Dude there are folks who invest in a phone to run at least 2 years. Not everyone can afford an upgrade every year
And it would take many more months for the GB share to drop to single digits
55. SuhartoBandit (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
The beauty of living in Asia were there were a second hand shop. You could sell your second hand phone with a good price.
This is also the reason the young generation in Asia mostly to have newly release phone compared to Europe/America market.
60. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
i get you, since i am in Asia myself. But, there are very selected devices which have high demend that will fetch u a good price for your second hand device (like the GS2)
I had once for fun's sake asked a dealer what he would give me for my Optimus 1 after around 5 months. He gave me a figure of 35% of the original price.
9. ginger.is.goood (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)
IT'S A SIGN that GB device is MATURE enough from OS and hardware.
IT'S A SIGN that GB device is still good for 2013.
Compare this to symbian device in that time era.
Do you still see Nokia X6, E7, N8, C7, C6-01 on daily basis?
or perhaps iphone 2G and 3G?
31. JulianGT (Posts: 82; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)
I continue using my N8, but it was updated to belle.
53. SuhartoBandit (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
You will be surprised if you upgrade your phone
New generation phone is so sweat.
I sell my Nokia N8 for US$ 120 to second hand shop in Indonesia last december and upgrade to Nexus 4.
2. NateAdam8 (Posts: 193; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
It's just the company's are to stupid to update the devices like they say they would and this is what it leads to is not everybody knowing if the new OS is worth getting or not.
17. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
thats 45% just needs to learn how to root.
4. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
What happened to ICS unifying the ecosystem so updates are more consistent and timely? This article says otherwise.
12. ginger.is.goood (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)
My iphone 2G can't update to iOS 6.1.... Lol...
My iphone 3GS say it using 6.1, but I can't find SIRI.
20. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Most new devices are getting updates faster...
37. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
And the sky is blue. That's not what I meant. I am only referring to people who have ICS but do not have Jellybean yet or are just getting ICS.
54. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
At least when Android devices do get updated, we get the full update. I still don't have Siri on my iPod Touch 4th gen, and if I still had my iPhone 4 I wouldn't have Siri on that either. iOS devices might get more timely updates, but at least Android devices don't get features torn off of the update when they do get them. However, if you bring rooting/jailbreaking into the picture, I could have Siri on my old iDevices and I could have the latest version of Android on my old Android devices.
You see? There are trade offs;
iOS; timely updates, but features are stripped off the further back the generation.
Android; delayed updates, but when they are updated they get the full update.
Also, extra features in the manufacturer skin partially make up for the delayed updates, and lessens the need for updates.
6. joey_sfb (Posts: 2892; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Have fond memory of GB. My first Android device.
13. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Gingerbread is like windows xp
23. joey_sfb (Posts: 2892; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Yes, stable with essential feature and introduce true multitasking to the mass that compute with their phone.
14. wendygarett (unregistered)
In Asia, Adobe flash is a must!! That's why they stay gingerbread and refuse to jellybean...
Google should notice this, otherwise the user will switch back to qnx platform... Bare in mind that still a lot if Asian still love qnx tho :)
18. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
My rooted s3 was running 4.2 and I have flash working 100%. People just need to learn how to install apks outside of the google play store. It is not that hard.
24. wendygarett (unregistered)
You have to realize that not all people love to void their warranty because of that... If all of the world think like that, then how can you explain the big pie of the gingerbread? It should be 0% if they listen to you...
26. irule9000 (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
You have to realize that instead of gettting up someone's ass because you think you know more, installing an apk is not rooting nore warranty voiding in any shape way or form. why dont you do a little research before acting like a d**k. Furthermore the big "pie of gingerbread" is manufacturers failing to support aging hardware cause it does not support their profit margins.
27. wendygarett (unregistered)
And I dont think people will waste their time to reinstall flash... You just need to spend zero second to get flash by not update it and stay gb... Besides, gingerbread is still awesome if you ask me :)
29. wendygarett (unregistered)
And the big pie has indicated how smart the average users are for realise how beauty the gingerbred are :)
44. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Apple minded bloggers just tend to go by SJ's age old RANT of fragmentation which is nothing but crap talk. I am sure most of them who use GB wouldn't even know they use GB.
59. joey_sfb (Posts: 2892; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
i have Adobe flash on Note 2 without root just download the apk from Adobe, enable 'side load install from unknown source' and install.
Everything works well.
56. SuhartoBandit (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
you must be living in kampong.
none of my friend in KL care about adobe flash anymore.
and none of them even care about QNX.
57. wendygarett (unregistered)
And tell me the reason why gingerbread is in the big pie? My reason is that Adobe flash :)
58. byebyebyeapplehellosamsung (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
Because Android with Gingerbread is still good as phone for those who can't/won't afford new phone.
It's good for kid to go to school. It's not expensive to attract thief/bully.
16. shadez10 (Posts: 401; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Still no jellies for my s2... Still waiting...
19. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Then root and the wait will be over with.
62. shadez10 (Posts: 401; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
I want the official ones not the leaked...
21. garz_pa (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Only 13.6%! And then there this rumor that they'd be announcing Key Lime Pie soon.. Nothing's going to keep up then.
28. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Google is aware of the problem and there are rumors that they are going to start forcing manufacturers to update if they want to use newer versions of android on their phones.
22. Jyakotu (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Just got the Android 4.2 Jellybean update to my Spring Galaxy Nexus yesterday.
25. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Well theres new phones that are still selling with GB... sooo.....
Id take this chart with no care what so ever.
This is not bad considering how many android phones exist.
36. infinitemethod (Posts: 125; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
If you go by the 2 year upgrade window, most of those devices are still on Gingerbread and havent gktten uodates. I.e. Evo 3d for example. I wish the manufacturers would somehow force the carriers to update.
38. mpoznic (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Feb 2013)
please htc release a JellyBean update for the Sensation xE soon.
39. gazmatic (Posts: 603; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
That buttery smoothness of jelly bean that few can enjoy
everybody else phone is slow, buggy and lame
look at the specs of the n900.... Yet it defeats so many phones(just not in sales lol)
Android needs dual core and 1gb of ram to be "smooth"
definition of junk os
so sad that it's so mainstream
46. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I don't know what you're talking about, but my devices have been perfectly smooth since the 4.0 update. Even on 2.3 it was still pretty smooth, just with minor stutter when web browsing with 4 tabs open. You're over exaggerating with the "slow, buggy and lame" comments. Even my old HTC devices with super bloated Sense were acceptable in terms of smoothness.
47. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
actually my One S does not give me any bothersome lag on ICS
It is dual core, has 1 GB RAM , great hardware and well optimised software and is COMPETITIVELY PRICED for the features it delivers
Little surprise thats its so mainstream
50. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Just like it seems they have been releasing update after update for your OS, since they fix something and break something else.
Apparently you dont read "those" articles do you?
63. irule9000 (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
Umm i don't really know what your talking about. I have a single core epic 4g from 2 years ago and began my android career on 2.1 eclair. It was not nearly as mature as it is now in both function and form. It still runs beautifully on android 4.2. Yes its rooted with a custom rom, otherwise it would be stuck on gingerbread. However the need for specs is not a necessity, I like to think of it as a d**k size comparing contest. The better the phone, the bigger your d**k. Also its future proofing not of the os, but the new apps and games which require more and more system capacity. the os is so good the apps that allow much more capability are beginning to be introduced which require better systems.
40. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
This is a serious problem google needs to address. Lets face it gb is an old os and most of your phones shouldn't be on it. Rooting isn't a solution for casual users because it a) voids your warrenty b) is hard to get back to the phone's original state if you don't know what you're doing c) unstable unless you know what you're doing. That solution might br holding off certain features that old phones can't handle on new os's in order to get the brunt of the update. As a postcript as a fairly tech savy teenager who knows how to jailbreak iphones I had trouble rooting a sgs3. Also I'm not sure if I can restore the phone to its original state.
48. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
It's one of the major downfalls of having an open source OS with so many OEMs using it. After you give the software to them, there's not much you can do to make them update more efficiently; look at the Nexus devices, the only one on GB is the Nexus One, that's how Google wants it to be.
41. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
There's nothing SAD for GB based devices being released. There are many Tablets with low end specs released with GB and and those hardware it's only GB that can run. Those whoi buy those tablets and phones care the least and they aren't techies of websites that review phones and find GB lagging. java is a resource hog for sure.
43. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2165; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I expected ICS to start declining soon, but not this soon. If ICS continues to decline, which it more than likely will, Jellybean will surpass Gingerbread before ICS does.