Which version of Android is your smartphone running on?
Google’s own activation stats show that the latest Android 4.4 KitKat is now on nearly 14% of devices, and together with the previous version, Jelly Bean, the two account for an overwhelming 72% of all devices.
The official numbers, however, apply to the majority of Android devices, but not all - Google requires the device to be activated on the Google Play Store to register it, and some phones simply ship with no access to Google’s app catalog (especially in markets like China).
Official stats are a good indication of Android’s update status, but we are curious to see a statistical sample that we can better relate to - you, our readers.
What version of Android is your device running on? Vote and feel free to share your device and Android update experience in the comments right below.
- Which version of Android is your device running on?
118 votes (118 votes) Android 2.2 Froyo
378 votes (378 votes) Android 2.3 Gingerbread
311 votes (311 votes) Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
2694 votes (2694 votes) Android 4.1 - 4.3 Jelly Bean
3804 votes (3804 votes) Android 4.4 KitKat
54. mturby (Posts: 225; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
that doesnt count as android, its modified and google wont approve or even talk about it.
55. thegandalf (Posts: 8; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
"google won't approve or even talk about it"
58. fahim_rasel (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
This is pure Android.Samsung, Htc, sony all use modified android.
CM based on AOSP which is pure Android with small modification.CM is best Rom.
72. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)
WEll if the majority of votes goes to 4.4 then we should know that every one is running CM !!! LOL !!
82. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6197; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I'm using 4.4.2 on my nexus 7 2012 version. Xperia Z 1 same thing. My xperia go had 4.0 ICS so I gave it someone that needed a phone.
88. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
Sorry, off topic. Does Link2SD work on your mako? TY.
3. josephnero (Posts: 289; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
kitkat but all the bloatware Samsung added ruins it.i uninstalled most S apps and now its awesome.
For example Sammy's note app S note is 75MB and does nothing special that other 5MB
note apps can't
64. VLaRueC (Posts: 108; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
So by removing one app it suddenly becomes awesome? 75mb was preventing awesome?
4. imej88 (unregistered)
Jelly bean!Didn't want to upgrade to KitKat due to disabling of saving files into SD card.
73. sgodsell (Posts: 1004; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
That's a OEM thing whether its allowed on the device or not. OEMS have always been given the option.
97. Anonn (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)
No its not. Its forced by google. But you can root and bypass it.
108. imej88 (unregistered)
Thanks Anonn. Its Google, not OEM. xD
5. uchihakurtz (Posts: 230; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
You mean, there's still some running older than KitKat?? LOL
6. nlbates66 (Posts: 281; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
my Samsung Galaxy S III 4G($600?) is currently on 4.3 official, meaning it could be considered to be 11 months behind on security updates, as opposed to my dads Lumia 520 ( $149 AUD) which is fully up to date with windows phone 8.1 and can get updates as they are released by the OS vendor, as opposed to the phone manufacturer.
yes, I can get or even build Android 4.4 either myself or from xda but this kills off features like smart stay, smart alert and S Beam. In addition I lose the use of the Samsung camera app, the stock android one is rubbish in comparison.
12. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Or, you know, you could get a Motorola device which costs just over half as much and is currently running, at oldest, 4.4.2.
19. nlbates66 (Posts: 281; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
I expected such a response and was going to reply that yes, it runs a slightly newer version of android that is from 6 months ago which is somewhat acceptable(I assume you're referring to the moto E anyway), what i don't like about it though is that it's "update promise" is so hollow: just a single software update from 4.4.2 and that's it, in their words from their website:
"The device will receive at least one software update from the current KitKat 4.4.2 operating system."
As usual for my country though, devices such as these arrive late for us, it's not actually released here yet apparently. :P
that said and overwith, I had thought, according to rumors that i'd have seen 4.4 for theS III 4G in some shape or form by now, maybe by the end of next month... >.>
21. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Actually, there, Skippy, I was talking about the Moto X. Then again, it may not be available in your country. If that's the case I am very sorry.
35. nlbates66 (Posts: 281; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
Moto X $429
also, I made the mistake of stating the price of my S III 4G around the time that I got it just under two years ago, current purchase price for it now would be $~400
@Aditya.k when handing down devices as I do (my mother has my Galaxy GIO running 2.3, replacing that soon...) a single "major update" is just a way that they can say one thing, then release maybe 4.5 for the device when 4.5 is already 12 months behind and pretend they did as promised, just as everyone does.
38. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Trouble is, Bates, that if you paid attention to Motorola's track record they release updates with a relative lack of lag time after the update is released by Google to begin with. 4.4 got out to the first Motorola devices before some Nexus devices did.
Anyway, I was thinking of 600 bucks US for a Galaxy device versus 350 US for the Moto X. Sorry I got mixed up.
40. nlbates66 (Posts: 281; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
righto, following Motorola's track record it seems likely they would do relatively well with updates on the Moto X, especially compared to what i'd expect on the Moto E (relatively in comparison to what seems to be the case with all update schedule's for phones these days...
42. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
They certainly have so far. If I have to get a new phone before Project Ara is available (likely, since I have an salesmaker plan with Verizon and I'm not a salesmaker anymore) I'm probably going for the Moto Algebra, since my Moto X has consistently impressed me from the day I got it to now.
110. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I refuse to call it by its official/unofficial name. I will now and forever call it the Moto Algebra, unless Motorola comes up with a GOOD name for it upon release. It's entirely possible, since the Droid X was known as the Droid "Xtreme" before release.
I almost wish Motorola went by their code names for devices. The Xoom would have been Stingray, the Moto X would have been Ghost, the Motorola Bravo would have been Diablo...their production codenames are so much cooler than their official names.
98. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3935; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
What Sniggly said. The Moto G LTE is shipping with 4.4.3, and Motorola is sending out soak tests for 4.4.3 for the Moto X. They've been doing great. I would recommend their devices to anyone.
90. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)
For the 1st time in 3 years i agree with Sniggly... any Moto device will do justice..
111. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
For the first time in 3 years I give you a thumbs up. :P
Thanks for the agreement.
23. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
Motorola already said that they are going to give one major update guarenteed . This is a minor update!
28. Canaan (Posts: 81; Member since: 25 May 2014)
This is one of the reasons I'm thinking about switching to an iPhone in the fall; they continue to give updates even to their older devices. For example, the iPhone 4s will be 3 years old in the fall and it's still getting the IOS 8 update. You wouldn't find something like that on android devices not even with the Nexus lines which stop updates after 18 months.
Do you know the update range for windows phones?
32. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You forget that not only does Apple cut big features out of the updates it throws onto older phones, but the "3 year old" phones that get the updates can't run worth a sh-hi-hit at that point, because "optimization" is a word Apple only remembers for its newest and second newest devices.
37. nlbates66 (Posts: 281; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
I agree, with the iOS update system that just drop newer iOS features on the older phones and claim that they all get the newer versions of the OS.
as for Windows phone, it's hard to say, Windows phone 7 was released around November 2010 and none of these devices get updates to Windows phone 8, they did get updates to Windows phone 7.8 as recently as March 2013(probably mostly security patches by then?), though I have doubts how many devices would have gotten it.
Windows phone 8 was released supposedly October 2012, all Windows phone 8 devices are *supposed to wind up getting Windows phone 8.1 eventually, in addition Microsoft have claimed that Windows phone 8 will receive updates until as late as January 2016.
When Microsoft released Windows phone 8.1 to oems anyone could sign up to an app studio account for free to receive it as an update as part of their dev preview thing, skipping the wait on the phone manufacturers.
84. AfterShock (Posts: 2530; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
WP has apparently stopped burning bridges and may be the better choice for you.
If you only upgrade every three, you'll see same fragmentation of being left behind in updates as well in iPhone camp.
Older phones may get updates, but in name mostly, not features.
Usually resulting in buggy and laggy usage.
100. Canaan (Posts: 81; Member since: 25 May 2014)
I see, thank you all for the input. I may consider a windows phone after all. The only problem with windows phones is that they appear to be behind in terms of hardware. Their latest flagship coming in the summer, Nokia Lumia 930 is coming with a snapdragon 800 processor despite the fact that the 805 processor is making a debut in the fall.
104. AfterShock (Posts: 2530; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I don't you'll ever notice that in usage honestly.
I would not go less then a S800, if I was going that direction though.
May not be needed so much as just a security blanket of sorts.
Nexus fan, just mentioning.
114. Canaan (Posts: 81; Member since: 25 May 2014)
We'll see, I'm on T-mobile and they tend not to get WP flagships. I was reading an article that mentioned that the Lumia 930 might be a Verizon exclusive.
115. Canaan (Posts: 81; Member since: 25 May 2014)
Looks like I won't have to wait for the Lumia 930 after all. Evleaks claims that Microsoft is releasing a high end Lumia phone in November for T-mobile, AT&T and Verizon. It's rumored to come with the snapdragon 805 chip, Adreno 420, 5.2 inch screen (561 PPI) and 3D touch type technology similar to the x-box Kinnect.
49. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 562; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
No need to get a custom rom or build one yourself. Your S3 LTE (I9305) does get kitkat officially from Samsung. I think it's already available since the US S3 already has kitkat.
51. nlbates66 (Posts: 281; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
I am well aware it's on their charts to be getting it, but the i9305 model's version has NOT been found anywhere yet and isn't on sammobile yet either.
99. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I have an SGS3 as well running 4.3. I'm quite happy with it and plan to use it for another year or so. The really big update for the SGS3 was 4.1 with project butter. I haven't really noticed much difference between 4.1 and 4.3. There isn't anything I saw on 4.4 that I felt I really had to have.
7. csoulr666 (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
My Wildfire S came with Gingerbread but I run Kitkat on it
10. Finalflash (Posts: 1539; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Yea, I think some of the haters still are.
17. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Lol, that's what I was thinking. I find it funny, since in most places around the world you almost have to try to still be on Froyo these days.
18. MacWiNux (Posts: 57; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
yes i'm one of those i don't mind upgrading it since i only use it for call and texting...
68. naveenstuns (Posts: 172; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
then you are the dumbest one to buy a smartphone.. lol go get a Nokia 3310
81. AfterShock (Posts: 2530; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
You've had 14 phones and most recent is GB based?
Seems strange that you'd be a buyer then go an stagnate on purchases.
Can happen, but even now contact should have ran out an upgrades are free for the thrifty if you don't need the greatest.
So yeah, somewhat loaded poll.
29. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 629; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
I dont think anybody on PA is below Android 4.0, coz all here are nerds. I'm on Jelly bean 4.1.2. (Although I'll root tommorrow & get Android 4.4.2 kitkat also). People voting for below 4.0 are iFans i guess
56. iampayne (Posts: 223; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
HAHAHA I find this comment so funny. So now that you see first hand how many people are not running the lastest version of Android its now Apple people ganging up to throw off the results, Priceless!!!
1. KitKat is trending at over 50%, because we all know if your Phonearena your probably a techy which means your going to push to run the lastest and greatest. Nothing wrong with that.
2. KitKat globally is running on less than 20% of phones (Google's numbers not Apple's) so this shows how mis-leading this survey is.
3. Im still laughing at the iFan comment.
4. Working in the real mobile retail world you will find out how many people don't know or care about updating their phones. Honestly that 50% number in the real world is Gingerbread because I see at least 5 phones a day running it.
5. Im running 4.4.2 Moto X (US)
66. Awalker (Posts: 216; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
It's not misleading at all. They're asking their readers what version they're on and most are on Kitkat and Jellybean. Phandroid.com asked the same question a month ago and 90 percent of readers was on Kitkat. Those who follow tech want the latest version. I'm not sure the general public cares or knows what version they're on as long as the phone works. And Google has removed a lot of core functions from AOSP and put them in the Play Store so they can easily update it.
93. PBXtech (Posts: 969; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
#4. You're right, most people don't care. The people on this site that do seem to care the most are people who don't use Android. Those of us that do, don't care that much because most of us are on Jellybean or newer so the difference isn't that much.
But if you're pushing the worn out 'fragmentation' argument, those numbers mean the world to you.
11. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1178; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Half of the KitKat voters are die-hard fans without KitKat.,