Android 4.x FTW: Jelly Bean finally the king of the Android ecosystem

Android 4.x FTW: Jelly Bean finally the king of the Android ecosystem
The new monthly Android platform distribution numbers have come out, and it's another big win for our theory that developers might want to drop Android 2.x support all together, because it was another big win for the Android 4.x set, specifically Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean. As expected, Jelly Bean has surpassed Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) to become the king of the Android ecosystem.

As of last month, Jelly Bean had 33% of the ecosystem compared to Gingerbread's 36.5%, but the roles have reversed with the new July numbers. Jelly Bean has gained almost another 5% of the market and leads all versions of Android at 37.9%, while Gingerbread has dropped to 34.1%. Ice Cream Sandwich is still number 3 on the list, but it has lost share and is down to 23.3%. 

The numbers are designed to show developers what users are accessing the Play Store, which are the users that developers would want to target with apps. Android 2.x continues to lose ground to Android 4.x, and that trend won't be reversing any time soon, so we have to ask again: should developers abandon Android 2.x and build for 4.x?

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15 Comments

1. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

kay, NOW GIVE ME KEY LIME PIE !

2. kozza3

Posts: 776; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

calm down! OMG ok I CANT WAIT!!!

3. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Or 4.3.1 Android Ftw®

5. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

4.3 has very slight improvements.so as a customer i demand KLP. KLP FTW

6. FlushGordon unregistered

Shhh.... HTC owners might not like what you have said.

15. apathy88

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

You do know that the people who have bought HTC phones get some pretty solid dev support. So whether or not HTC releases OS updates quickly or not is beside the point.

4. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

i bet sammy is atleast 75% of it

7. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

If htc and lg updated most of their flagship devices from two years ago, JB would be around 40+% I guess.

8. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Have fun when KLP is designed to work on low-end phones and you guys with superphones get nothing.

11. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

dafuq you talking about ? o.O

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yeah, backwards compatibility is such a waste. How else is Google going to force us all to buy new phones and keep its best buddy Samsung raking in profits?

13. ECPirate37

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I believe he is talking about the rumor that Key Lime Pie will be a minimal operating system that will work on even the oldest of Android models. That way all Android models could run it. Then, extra features would be downloadable apps. (i.e. all phones could run KLP, but only the phones capable of running Google Now would be able to download and run that app). As of right now 'tis just a rumor, but it seems plausible.

9. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

Take note HTC and Motorola,stop cancelling updates for your devices and give the users what they want

10. Adithya7184

Posts: 322; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Android FTW....come on Google, launch that damn KLP

14. Epicness1o1

Posts: 298; Member since: May 30, 2013

Jelly bean is riseing beacuse phone companys doesnt care about there costumers so they buy new phones that have new android softwares

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