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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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posted on 02 Nov 2013, 12:53 12

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Half of Android devices are powered by Jelly Bean"

More than a half! ;)

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:07 6

2. theaztech (unregistered)


+1

Leave it to iPhoneArena to misguide the reader.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:38 3

15. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 239; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:49 1

21. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


They said it's more than half under the chart

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:20 4

28. medicci37 (Posts: 1323; 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

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:39 8

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:41 1

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:43 3

32. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


True.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 20:53 1

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

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 01:43 1

54. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 812; 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..

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 06:07

59. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


True.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 09:37

62. medicci37 (Posts: 1323; 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

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 09:41

63. medicci37 (Posts: 1323; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Google is getting to be more like apple all the time

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 22:18

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:09 5

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:44 1

17. Ninetysix (Posts: 2537; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


What's wrong with iOS's market share?

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:13

4. jonartpop (Posts: 192; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


Jelly Bean is becoming the new Gingerbread

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:16 2

5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I'm surprised how many people are still using Gingerbread!

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:20 1

7. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Many of those are most likely Kindle tablets.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:23 1

10. scsa852k (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Or cheap people still holding on to Galaxy S

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:49 3

35. Alan01 (Posts: 418; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Kindle tablets cannot access Google Play so they are not included in the survey

Alan F.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 19:45

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...

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 01:47

55. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 812; 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.... :-)

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:17 4

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:29 1

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:32 4

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:40 3

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:45

19. mturby (unregistered)


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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:19 4

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:46 1

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.

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