x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Options

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...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 16:57 1

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 19:04 1

48. Ninetysix (Posts: 2466; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Warranty refused cuz phone was rooted.



posted on 03 Nov 2013, 03:37

58. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Okay, so - root after your warranty is gone anyway.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 15:26 1

41. Finalflash (Posts: 3276; 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.

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, 16:14

43. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

tldr on your comment. sorry

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 01:49

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

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:21 1

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

No mention that Apple also has this problem to a lesser degree?

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:22 1

9. 14545 (Posts: 1633; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:50 4

23. Leo_MC (Posts: 1850; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Galaxy Nexus is the proof Google is just the same as it's OEMs.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:55 2

24. 14545 (Posts: 1633; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:50

36. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:59

25. mturby (unregistered)

no a chance! all of the nexus devices were and are receiving updates. nexus one, s, galaxy nexus, nexus 4...

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:48

34. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; 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.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 06:39

60. Leo_MC (Posts: 1850; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

One has 1,5 - 2 years of updates from HTC or Samsung; why buy Nexus?!

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 10:02

64. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 16:16

44. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

This is like blaming microsoft for not letting me Windows 8.1 run on my MMX 200 desktop :D

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 16:24 1

46. mturby (unregistered)

its not about hardware. there r strong phones like the motorola droid razr that will remaing on jb.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 19:11 2

49. Ninetysix (Posts: 2466; 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?

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:25 2

11. mturby (unregistered)

maybe Google should become a wireless carrier!

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:44 3

18. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Partnership with T-Mobile would be perfect.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:49 1

20. mturby (unregistered)

yeah! if tmobile agrees to update android phones on time

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:04 1

26. xfire99 (Posts: 881; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

Google are working on it since last year and targeting Africa and ASIA first.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:27

12. mturby (unregistered)

and let these rip off companies build their oun OS.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 13:50

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

Too bad the majority is 4.1 and not 4.3

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:43 1

31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 15:07 1

38. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 15:13 1

40. mturby (unregistered)

try google now on ur gb

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories