More than half of Android devices are powered by Jelly Bean
0. phoneArena 02 Nov 2013, 12:39 posted on
The latest figures are out and they reveal that more than half of all Android devices are powered by the Jelly Bean build of the OS; this includes Android 4.1.x to Android 4.3. The entire range of Jelly Bean flavored Android models now makes up 52.1% of the platform's population. Gingerbread, which covers Android 2.3.3 to 2.3.7, is next with a 26.3% share of Android models...
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1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Half of Android devices are powered by Jelly Bean"
More than a half! ;)
2. theaztech (unregistered)
Leave it to iPhoneArena to misguide the reader.
15. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 235; 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: 60; 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: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
They said it's more than half under the chart
28. medicci37 (Posts: 1282; 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: 4275; 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: 658; 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: 1282; 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: 1282; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Google is getting to be more like apple all the time
30. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; 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: 807; 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: 2828; 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: 186; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
Jelly Bean is becoming the new Gingerbread
5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I'm surprised how many people are still using Gingerbread!
7. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Many of those are most likely Kindle tablets.
10. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Or cheap people still holding on to Galaxy S
35. Alan01 (Posts: 382; 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: 807; 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 (unregistered)
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 (unregistered)
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 (unregistered)
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 (unregistered)
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.