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Jelly Bean was running 59.1% of Android devices in December

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Jelly Bean was running 59.1% of Android devices in December
The latest Android distribution numbers for December are out and as expected, the three builds of Jelly Bean led the way. Android 4.1, Android 4.2 and Android 4.3 together accounted for 59.1% of Android devices in use during the month. That is up from the 54.5% scored by Jelly Bean last month. More precisely, in December 2013, Android 4.1 was on 35.9% of the devices powered by Google's open source OS. That lead all builds of Android. 15.4% of Android devices had Android 4.2 installed while 7.8% featured Android 4.3.

While KitKat had a small .3% boost to 1.4%, the percentage of Android devices with Gingerbread running the show declined by 3%. The two builds of Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0.3 and Android 4.0.4, together accounted for 16.9% of Android models last month.

As time goes on, we should see KitKat's percentage rise as the number of Android models running on Jelly Bean stabilizes and the use of the Ice Cream Sandwich builds decline. The information covers Android devices that visited the Google Play Store over a 7-day period that ended January 8th.

Jelly Bean was the most used build of Android in December

Jelly Bean was the most used build of Android in December


source: Google

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posted on 11 Jan 2014, 23:46 8

1. hafini_27 (Posts: 275; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Go Android!

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 23:50 5

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Hell yea.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 23:48 13

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Android rocks! But I'm curious to know that who's still using Froyo?

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 03:27 2

13. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I still have a eclair android 2.1 xperia X8 in my drawer

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 05:03 1

20. ihavenoname (Posts: 1493; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Maybe some old and ultra low-end devices still use it.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 05:59 3

23. adecvat (Posts: 135; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


ha-ha, that is why Google named 4.1-4.3 "Jelly bean". Now they can told that "Jelly Bean was running 59.1% of Android devices", not mention that Jelly bean is three OS and has several years difference between

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 08:22 11

26. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Before you try to troll, be sure you have your information straight otherwise you end up sounding like an idiot. Yes, Jellybean is 3 different OS versions, but there are not several years between them.

4.1: July 2012
4.2: November 2012
4.3: Jul 2013

Perhaps counting isn't your strong point, but I count 1 year between the first & last, not several as you said.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 13:20 2

31. tedkord (Posts: 5095; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Logic is not your forte. Apple also releases multiple candidates for reach release. I believe they're on the fourth iteration of iOS 7. All are called iOS 7 and counted as such in stats.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 07:03 2

24. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I consider ourselves to be above average phone consumers. We may look at Froyo and Gingerbread as being old but many people don't care. My female coworker still uses a Verizon flip phone and is paying $100 a month which is hard for me to believe. She could get a prepaid Verizon Moto G for $99 and pay $60 to $70 per month and it would be a massive upgrade for her while saving money. If anyone rocks a flip phone and is still paying high monthly payments you start to get the picture. So many people don't care or have a clue.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 23:51

4. zunaidahmed (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


Android WILL catch up with ios, but not today nor tomorrow. Android had a major on the 2011 december, which was the release of ice-cream sandwich. That was a year after ios 4(ios major update, june 2010) so it still is a little behind, but thanks to open source and Google's affort, it's gaining fast. I think it will catch up during the release of ios 8 or 9, unless apple does some REALLY super awesome update, but that is not really showing from the change from ios 6 to 7.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 00:03 13

6. RandomUsername (Posts: 523; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Android doesn't need to "catch up". Look at this:
http://www.phonearena.com/news/New-Android-and-iOS-fragmentation-charts-are-just-as-flawed-as-the-term_id50332

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 00:07 9

7. networkdood (Posts: 6303; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Apple has plenty of fragmentation - my kids ipods cannot download apps at times due to what they have - but that is just technology - fragmentation has been way overblown - thanks to APPLE and its fanatics...

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 04:40

17. zunaidahmed (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


where the hell did you get that information from? You CAN download multiple apps the same time an do something else on ios devices, but it could be different is your r mentioning iPod 4th gen, which does not support ios 7, but anything better than iphone 4 can do that.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 04:47

19. zunaidahmed (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


Apologizes if I misunderstood your comment in the first place, sorry in advanced

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 04:24 2

15. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Just admit it you don't know what your talking about!

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 04:42

18. zunaidahmed (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


What do you mean? I am referring not just to the os, but the whole eco system, including apps, which android still needs to work on.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 19:04 1

37. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Are you drunk? iOS doesn't even have widgets. And the notification center in iOS 7 is copied from android.
Have you ever seen android in smart TV, NASA satelite, car entertainment system, and even oven? That's the beauty of android.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 23:55

5. tricky (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Its sad how a bunch of developers and hackers at XDA can get the latest version running in a matter of weeks to couple months, but billion dollar companies take forever to update.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 00:08 1

8. networkdood (Posts: 6303; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, they have steps to go through...lol - I have used XDA for 6 years now...love the site...

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 00:52 2

10. clarkjeferson (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)


It's all about the skins, not to mention the "HTC update flowchart" I've seen once.
That's why they take close to forever to update them phones, regardless of the manufacturer.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 05:35

22. blingblingthing (Posts: 456; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


I've had four android phones. The only reason I haven't rooted the latest (LG G2) is because it's only a week.
It is true that xda has later versions of android on devices first, but it isn't as stable as OEM's updates. And plus xda versions don't have the manufacturer over lay. That is what makes then update that quick.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 11:14

30. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4103; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Those developers and hackers don't have to go through any certification to hand out software.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 14:20

34. Finalflash (Posts: 1872; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Believe it or not, it is actually the retarded carriers that hold it back. I remember in my S3 days, my friend who got his S3 from Saudi got his update to Jelly bean almost a year before I did on my Canadian S3.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 00:17

9. mr.techdude (Posts: 555; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Xda is the answer to get rid of fragmentation

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 08:26

27. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 381; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Not for all devices.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 01:16

11. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


There's something to be said for the longevity of Gingerbread devices, since four years after it was released it's still on one out of five Android devices hitting the Play Store.

A study said that there should have been about 800 million active Android devices by the end of December. Taking that number and applying it to the 1.4 percent of Kitkat devices means that there are conceivably up to 11 million devices running Kitkat. Considering that Nexus and Motorola devices are pretty much the only ones that have Kitkat yet, this is potentially very exciting.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 02:59

12. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1259; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


With the GPE editions (S4, One, ZU, G-Tab) and the Nexuses (4,7 x 2, 10, and 5), and the Moto X and G, that's really not that many devices.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 04:22 1

14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Gingerbread debuted in February of 2011, so it's been less than 3 years, but your point still stands.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 04:27

16. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You're right. I'm sorry. Just about 3 years though.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 08:16

25. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


No need to apologize. Like I said, you still made a great point.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 13:43

32. tedkord (Posts: 5095; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'm rocking KitKat on my S3. It's extremely smooth and fluid.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 14:08

33. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


But all TouchWiz feautres are missing, the phone has very less feautres. Though you recovered 150Mb of free RAM, and has less strain for the CPU to push those feautres. A9 Cortex is very weak for a "full fledged Android platform, which requires alot of resources and CPU power" that even Snapdragon S800 finds it hard to keep up with Android.

I've tried running Android on a iNtel i3 Laptop, with livewallpapers and 30+apps+ TouchWiz Apk overlay skin. It's very very smooth and loads way much faster than S800s CPU. I've runed Antutu, scored very high 49000.

Well a good powerfull CPU will make run Android very smooth and fast..

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 15:55

36. tedkord (Posts: 5095; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The only TW feature I really miss is Smart Stay. The others are nice, but I can live without them. They even have split screen available now in CM KitKat Roms.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 05:16

21. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1457; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Am I the only person in the world to jump from ICS to KK?

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 10:13

28. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


And what device is that your using?

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 10:22

29. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1457; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Nexus 5.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 15:48 1

35. TBomb (Posts: 160; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


My question: Why is fragmentation so important to us? Apple seems to have a better control over their "fragmentation." But that's what Apple is about. They want everything the same. It's why their OS's don't change very much in looks. It's why the original iphone looks almsot exactly the same as the 5.. just more compact to hepl users fit it in their pockets.

Android on the other hand is more about do what you want. They allow other companies to make phones and put whatever hardware specs inside it that they want for the most part. You have the low-end specs that can't handle the best OS version, and you have the high-end specs that can.

Google supplies the product for companies that put it in the bag you want. Apple gives you the product and the bag at their discretion... it only makes sense for the graphs to look the way they do.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 04:47

38. MC_A_DOT (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I'm still waiting for my 4.3 update :_-(

GS3

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 19:44

39. roscuthiii (Posts: 1859; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Got a defunct Droid Eris running ICS (thanks root!) that I'm using as my "cordless landline" at home w/ Google Voice and GrooVe IP. I guess that makes it not that defunct after all but I apologize for my little Twiki (affectionate nickname after the Buck Rogers android) somewhat skewing the distribution results.

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