More than half of Android devices are powered by Jelly Bean
This past week, Google introduced Android 4.4 KitKat which should start to show up in next month's distribution figures. But Android detractors are going to look at the large number of those still using a phone running Gingerbread and bring up the fragmentation issue that has plagued Android since Froyo days. Android 4.4 is supposed to help eliminate some of the fragmentation by working with some Android models carrying just 512MB of RAM. We will have to wait to see future distribution figures to see how successful this strategy works.
source: AndroidDevelopers via AndroidCentral
1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Half of Android devices are powered by Jelly Bean"
More than a half! ;)
2. theaztech (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)
Leave it to iPhoneArena to misguide the reader.
15. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
What the frickity-frack are you talking about? There are no misguiding figures in this article. It is as fact based an article as you'll see on a tech site.
67. thephonedude (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)
I don't see how this post is related to the iDevices.. stop using that term iPhoneArena man. It just makes you immature. Heck, that term was coined up many years ago?! It's old, man.
21. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
They said it's more than half under the chart
28. medicci37 (Posts: 613; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Discontinuing support 4 Nexus devices after 18 months doesn't help. I thought Google supported Nexus phones as long as they were able 2
29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3941; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Nexus devices aren't supported for just 18 months, it's an 18 month *minimum*. The Galaxy Nexus actually got 21 months of support (October 2011-July 2013).
Also, Google did support the Galaxy Nexus as long as they were able to. After Texas Instruments left the industry, they've been giving limited support to their OMAP processors, I assume they've stopped supporting them altogether now. To try and develop an update for the Galaxy Nexus without proper support from the SoC manufacturer, it's more trouble for Google than it's worth, especially when a lot of Galaxy Nexus owners will just pick up a 4.4 custom ROM from XDA anyways.
51. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)
Its funny how people talk about this lack of support of the processor, but I've heard about just from the "expert forum users" not from Google
62. medicci37 (Posts: 613; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Turns out a Dev going by baldwin77 or something like that, has released a kit kat rom. If he can I'm sure Google could if they cared too. Also, Google stated their 18 month support policy is why the stopped supporting the g Nexus
63. medicci37 (Posts: 613; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Google is getting to be more like apple all the time
30. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Agree, if it is true then it is really sad and consumer treasonable! :(
But it still maybe just a trick to to increase Nexus 5 sales and after some time Google will update Nexus 4 to KitKat. Anyway I'm sure that XDA Developers will bring an solution.
54. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 629; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Not providing OS update doesnt mean no support.. Google still provides other improvement updates to Nexus devices even when they cant provide new OS update..
3. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Some are still obsessed with the Steve Job's Fragmentation RANT which has faield to get them any bigger market share. Let market do the talking and not those talk shows and court room battles.
4. jonartpop (Posts: 155; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
Jelly Bean is becoming the new Gingerbread
5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2475; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I'm surprised how many people are still using Gingerbread!
7. rallyguy (Posts: 532; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Many of those are most likely Kindle tablets.
10. scsa852k (Posts: 281; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Or cheap people still holding on to Galaxy S
35. Alan01 (Posts: 179; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
Kindle tablets cannot access Google Play so they are not included in the survey
50. bernwong0274 (Posts: 7; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)
What about those cheap tablets powered with android from China...those are selling like hotcakes in Asia..all powered by gingerbread and those tablets don't support updates...how about that for consideration...
55. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 629; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
No.. basically most of them are cheap phones which were released with Froyo/Gingerbread and users dont bother to care about updates.. Those users use their devices for calling/texting/facebook and light gaming only... That suits them and they are not geeks like us.... :-)
6. mturby (Posts: 228; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
The problem with android is that not everyone receives new android updates, as iPhone users do. p.s: I'm an android fan.
13. ilia1986 (unregistered)
How is that a problem? For whom? For a person who wants the latest version of android? He can install a custom rom provided his phone can run the latest android version. For a developer? He doesn't care too much since he's developing for multiple API levels anyway. For Google? Hell no. For the carrier? Nope.
This is not a problem.
14. mturby (Posts: 228; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
the average android user dont even know what roms are, the issue is that u buy a brand new android phone, wich has either 4.0 or 4.1 a few months laters, u find out that ur friend has 4.2 or 4.3 and u r stuck on 4.0 forever unless u change the handset.
33. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Again - that's not an issue. You can root your phone and install a custom rom. I don't care about the average user. The average user plays candy crush and posts on facebook and cares little about the android version his\her phone has.
You want to have a newer android version? Want to phone not to lag? You got the option to do so. Install a custom rom. It's really is that simple.
37. mturby (Posts: 228; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
so they wont notice the difference btween gb n ics or jb? ''Sorry, your device is not compatible with this app''. why not? -its GB OR ICS. u need Jelly bean. ok, let me call my carrier...thank you for calling xxxx...hey representative, update my phone!. -sorry we are not longer supporting your device, buy another one.
42. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Hey customer, why don't you install a custom rom in it? Or I can just tell you to buy a new phone and you might believe me... or if you're smart enough you won't and research a bit and install a custom rom and thus save your hard earned $$$.
45. mturby (Posts: 228; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
u mean rooting my phone, getting the warranty voided and putting it at risk after the $200 dls paid only becausez android has an update issue along with the carrier? yeah right.
47. ilia1986 (unregistered)
1. As I said - it's not an issue. You can root and install a custom rom.
2. Your warranty typically lasts a year during which your phone is likely to recieve official updates anyway.
3. You can always unroot and flash a stock firmware again if you so desire.
4. Your argument fails logic as alternatively you would be forced to shell another 200$ to get a new phone in order to get the latest Android version. But like I said - you aren't.
48. Ninetysix (Posts: 1470; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Warranty refused cuz phone was rooted.
58. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Okay, so - root after your warranty is gone anyway.
41. Finalflash (Posts: 1577; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Doesn't matter, at least my 2 year old phones still function. Anyone with the new and amazing iPhone update on anything less than a 5 is screwed.
16. username45 (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
That's half a problem with Android itself (or Google, however you look at it), half with the manufacturer's.
For one, most Android OEM's don't actually care if their devices are updated, they just do it to look better, so 6-12 months of updates is usually enough, but not even guaranteed.
But it's also Google's responsibility to push OEM's to update their devices, which they don't do in order to keep them happy with the platform. And with the supposed "18 month update policy" they set a terrible example...
4.4 Kit-Kat solved one of the main issues with Android, specs requirements, but no Android version can solve the update issue, it's entirely up to Google to set some standards and make it damn hard for OEM's to get by without updating their devices.
And all this crap about lack of updates not being a problem: updates= new features, features= value, so more updates means more for your money, whether the consumer realizes what they are getting or not.
19. mturby (Posts: 228; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
u r right bout that, the question is, will the carriers update capable phones to new 4.4 os if phones comply with the18 months google policy?...doubt it.
27. username45 (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
Thanks for bringing up carriers, forgot to mention them. And I don't think the 18-month policy applies to all android handsets, (although I don't think any handsets have been supported that long, save the GNexus) it's just some dumb thing Google has produced in order to kill off the Galaxy Nexus.
43. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 206; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
tldr on your comment. sorry
56. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 629; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
basically most users dont bother to care about updates.. Those users use their devices for calling/texting/facebook and light gaming only... That suits them and they are not geeks like us.... :-). That is why chart looks like that....
On iOS you are forced to update even if you dont want.....
8. rallyguy (Posts: 532; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
No mention that Apple also has this problem to a lesser degree?
9. 14545 (Posts: 1100; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I say this as an android user. But if the OEM's haven't updated that 26% of GB devices by now, why would that help in the future? Chances are they are "cheap" devices that the OEM's had no intention to support after release anyway. I just wish there was a way for google prevent the "skins" from being too deeply integrated and force the OEM's to make it where google can supply the updates to the core services in return for access to the play store other google services.
23. Leo_MC (Posts: 495; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Galaxy Nexus is the proof Google is just the same as it's OEMs.
24. 14545 (Posts: 1100; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I actually kind of agree. I'm sure we will get an unofficial build, but it would have been nice if google had at least officially supported the device for 2 full years. Maybe it is a TI issued as other have stated, but I doubt it. Google has the resources to take care of that if they cared to.
36. PBXtech (Posts: 970; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Released 17 Nov 2011 and saw every release update from 4.0 to 4.3. How has Google not supported this device for two years?
Sprint and Verizon versions were screwed up by the carriers, which speaks volumes why newer Nexus phones were not offered on those carriers like they previously were.
25. mturby (Posts: 228; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
no a chance! all of the nexus devices were and are receiving updates. nexus one, s, galaxy nexus, nexus 4...
34. PBXtech (Posts: 970; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
GNex is two years old. Most contracts are two years long, if someone has a GNex, they'll likely be getting a phone upgrade so it's not as big a problem as you make it out to be. Regardless, it still runs 4.3 which is a more than capable version of Android.
60. Leo_MC (Posts: 495; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
One has 1,5 - 2 years of updates from HTC or Samsung; why buy Nexus?!
64. PBXtech (Posts: 970; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Stock vs. Sense vs. Touchwiz vs. custom overlays in general. Each has its advantages, customers have to determine what fits their needs to decide which to get.
44. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
This is like blaming microsoft for not letting me Windows 8.1 run on my MMX 200 desktop :D
46. mturby (Posts: 228; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
its not about hardware. there r strong phones like the motorola droid razr that will remaing on jb.
49. Ninetysix (Posts: 1470; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
What if we tell you that you can install Windows 8.1 on your MMX 200 with missing features. Features will be missing because we want you to have a good experience and not see the hardware limitation. Do you accept it or you're fine with running Windows 3.1/95 on your MMX 200?
11. mturby (Posts: 228; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
maybe Google should become a wireless carrier!
18. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Partnership with T-Mobile would be perfect.
20. mturby (Posts: 228; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
yeah! if tmobile agrees to update android phones on time
26. xfire99 (Posts: 442; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Google are working on it since last year and targeting Africa and ASIA first.
12. mturby (Posts: 228; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
and let these rip off companies build their oun OS.
22. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Too bad the majority is 4.1 and not 4.3
31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3941; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Well, 4.3 and 4.2 were pretty minuscule updates. The main features of the Jelly Bean version family are Project Butter and Google Now, which 4.1 users can enjoy.
38. kindlefireowner (Posts: 339; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
I'm still rocking a Gingerbread phone and proud. But I have the Nexus 7 2013 tablet. That's half.