Android 4.x now almost 40% of the ecosystem

Android 4.x now almost 40% of the ecosystem
It's that time of the month where Google updates the platform version share numbers for Android, and the numbers for this month are much more interesting than usual because they cover the Christmas holiday week. We already have seen that Christmas was huge this year with 17 million iOS and Android devices activated on Christmas day alone, and 50 million devices over the entire week. That seems to have helped push Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean's adoption for Android and now Android 4.x makes up almost 40% of the ecosystem.

The big winner this month was Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which jumped from 5.9% to a solid 9% of the ecosystem. Android 4.2 (aka Nexus devices) saw a more modest increase this month after doubling its share last month, up from 0.8% to 1.2%. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich also saw a slight increase from 27.5% to 29.1%, putting the total for Android 4.x at 39.1%.

Android 3.x Honeycomb didn't see any change at all, but all older versions of Android saw decreases with Android 2.3 Gingerbread seeing the biggest drop and finally falling below 50% of the market to 47.6%. Of course, even though it has dropped that much, Gingerbread still makes up the biggest chunk of the Android ecosystem.



18. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

I feel sorry for everyone who is still on gingerbread lol jellybean is just crazy awesome!! Im loving it on my evo 4g lte :)

21. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

couldnt agree anymore..been using jb(official) on my s3 for last couple of months and recently used a mates ace 2 which is on 2.3 and cant believe i used that once lol.jb is so far a head that going back to anything before ics is a no

16. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I'm a Sprint Galaxy Nexus owner, so no need for me to root. I'm enjoying 4.1 Jelly Bean.

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm trying to hold out till 5.0 KEY LIME.

13. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Man running 4.1.2 and its awesome on my Sony Ericsson Xperia Play :) custom ROM of course :)

12. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Most of Sammy's mid-range below are still on 2.3.x, hope the JB updates comes by the end of the month >.


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

to @Sackboy117 hopefully your upgrade is in time for the Google Nexus by Moto with Key Lime

2. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Dang, that's a huge leap, I remember when they weren't even 10%. . . . . :( Still on 2.3 Gingerbread :'(

3. wendygarett unregistered

Then you must be an awesome guy I met :)

4. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How? Have you not found a JB or even ICS rom for your phone?


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

haha ikr...

6. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

not everyone mods phones, granted i'm not one of them, but i do not know a single person in my circle of friends that has any interest whatsoever in modding android

8. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

To me the interest in modding a phone was much more than my desire to be stuck with gingerbread. It's hard for me to understand someone sticking with gingerbread over rooting and romming.

9. wendygarett unregistered

Some people just don't wanna let go their sweet memory on gingerbread, that's why this person has a very awesome life compare to those geek whose afraid of being obselence...

11. Igneel unregistered

Why? It's one of the best thing about Android! :D

14. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I'm stuck in 2.3 too. The mods for my device are going very slow. The CM9 (unofficial) don't get new release for my device since November. The last one had some serious battery drain and other annoying bugs. The CM10 (unofficial too) seems to get worse on each new update. No signal, or no call ring, or no data, or battery drain... So I had to stay at CM7.2 if I want a phone that works.

23. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Which phone?

24. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Motorola Defy

27. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Yes... I had installed the Epsylon CM9 and the Quarx CM10. Many system freeze, FC, apps with malfunction and battery autonomy drops drastically... Every new release from quarx come with giant bugs. The last one loses the ringtone 2 days after boot. You have to reboot the phone every two days or you misses calls. The previous don't have Mobile Network! The last release from Epsylon was in 11/18/2012...

28. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lame. Well, hopefully you can jump into a better phone soon. Good luck.

29. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I'm trying to get a Nexus 4. However in my country it is not available yet. But, if in the countries where it is available it is hard to get, imagine in other countries? Other Option is the Xperia ZL (Hope Sony give good news tomorrow!) or something new from Motorola. Despite the update problems, I realy like the toughness of the Moto Phones. But now, Mototola is a Google company...

30. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Xperia ZL would not be a bad choice. However Sony is notorious for not updating their phones. Although i'm sure they'll get more AOSP support.

10. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Awe, well if you get the chance get a device that runs JB and will be upgraded to later versions. A good choice that we will see in the future is the Samsung Galaxy Victory on sprint's prepaid network. Since my One X broke I'm phoneless. I'm waiting for this......

1. wendygarett unregistered

I'm a totally jellybean users :)

17. MeoCao unregistered

Looks like Google is finally able to put fragmentation problem under control.

19. wendygarett unregistered

Huh? Can you explain the big pie gingerbread? :)

20. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i think there will always be a large gingerbread share due to the fact that many of the low tier phones are only capable of running gingerbread..its still a positive to see that 40% of devices are running 4+ android and as the ''pie'' gets larger with newer 4+ devices and the remaining us variants of one x and s3's and the note 1 and s2 devices get 4+ i reckon that FINALLY gingerbread will get overthrown lol...fragmentation will always be there and will be fully be ''cured'' but imo it is getting better and is not as bad as many people like to think it is

22. wendygarett unregistered

I never say android is bad lol... In fact, there as awesome as they usually be :)

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

can you explain the iOS fragmentation pie?

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