Android ecosystem keeps shifting towards Android 4.x in new monthly numbers

Android ecosystem keeps shifting towards Android 4.x in new monthly numbers
The new monthly numbers are out for the platform distribution on Android. Once again, Android versions 4.x (Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean) have gained a bit, as Android 2.2 and 2.3 (Froyo and Gingerbread) have lost a bit of share.

Since last month, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0x) was the big winner, gaining 2.7% to come in at 23.7% of the pie, while Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) added just over half a point to come in at 1.8%. Gingerbread (Android 2.3) still makes up the majority of the ecosystem at 55.5%, but that is down just 1.7% from last month. Froyo also dropped just 1.1% to come in at 12.9%. 

October is lining up to be a bit more of the same with just some slow movement. But, we should see some interesting shifts come November and December, especially if the rumors of Android 4.2 are correct. 


Android ecosystem keeps shifting towards Android 4.x in new monthly numbers

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31 Comments

1. Astro551

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

The last thing fragmentation needs is another update on top of it... == Jellybean 4.1 is at a mre 1.8% and Google is rumoured to be realeasing yet another update. While I do feel there is a need for a new Nexus device seriously Google, get your update plan set out first, I still know people with Gnexus and no 4.1

13. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

true!........its time for a beastly nexus with quick updates......nothing else to say

2. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

The only way Gingerbread is going away for good is to remove all the pre-paid phones and older Android models from the shelves of stores. Which is obviously not happening for a while. Major shame. I cringe to think that some people are still walking into cellphone stores and buying gingerbread models.

7. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yeah, serious shame. And then they think Android isn't really that great, not knowing that they are getting really old technology.

18. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I'll give you that some people generalize about certain things when they don't have the best example of them, but I think you've adopted the iSheep mentality a bit there too. There are people that realize there's no reason to dish out extra money for a phone with more recent software and or hardware with features they know they aren't going to need/use, even if they're getting "really old technology". Some people are fine with having just a few simple features, that's why feature phones are still alive.

3. wendygarett unregistered

I have to impress what google done to android... can't wait to see the android 4.2 update :)

4. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Samsung has not yet released Ice Cream Sandwich for International version of Galaxy s2. Still running Gingerbread . Samsung really sucks

5. wendygarett unregistered

which version do you used... exynos version or ti omap?/

8. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I am pretty sure that you are wrong and that they have.

10. wendygarett unregistered

ti omap version doesn't get it yet... in several asia countries...

21. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Nope..you are wrong Wendy.. India and other countries got ICS update for the s2 omap version many monthes back I can assure it..

22. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Plese..could you please specify which country didn't got it?

25. wendygarett unregistered

South east Asia... My sisters also run gingerbread, I keep advice her to root but she refuse it...

11. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

urm.. don't say things that you are unsure of.. S2 international (with exynos) has been updated a few months back.. my friends all have been running ICS for a few months in their international version.. troll..

31. agarcia820

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

Samsung has done better at updating their phones than ANY other. Motorola is the one who's really lagging.

6. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Its really sad that Eclair has twice the market share of JellyBean. Who has Eclair? I haven't seen a single person with it in almost a year. Its a serious bummer that the Nexus 7 isn't being sold at BestBuy and other retailers.

12. nyuvo

Posts: 72; Member since: May 10, 2012

Think of all those cheap chinese tablets you can get for next to nothing which will run 2.1.. My bet is that is where a big portion of the percentage is made.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't think there's going to be 4.2, but then again, I was wrong about Motorola dropping the 4.0 update for the Atrix, Photon and Electrify, so obviously I could be wrong here too. It's nice to see Android moving forward in later version adoption. If only it moved faster, but I think that would take some major leaning on the carriers to happen.

14. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

if they do happen to do that, it would seriously be amazing........but whats it gonna have that jelly bean doesnt have already? jus a question.........it would seem that this update would be to 4.1.2 more likely than a major jump to 4.2! every update has had "in between" updates like 4.0.0 to 4.0.1 to 4.0.2 etc...........so why would this be any different?

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Right, I agree with that. I think it would be a stupid ass decision to release a 4.2 so early after 4.1. I'm sure that the OEMs are scrambling enough as it is to make the 4.1 updates when 4.0 isn't even on a third of all Android devices yet. They would be made to feel like they have to scrap all of their work with 4.1 or soldier on with it and end up with delays to 4.2. What would be awesome is if Google trained teams of engineers to take the OEMs' phones and tailor the updates to them.

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

i think what we are all asking or looking for is just a complete nexus device this time around...... with "sure" updates.......thats all.......should it be made by samsung? in my opinion, no because they dont seem to want to build premium devices so it should be handed over to HTC........as long as htc delivers in the battery department that is.....that is all we need from them......bigger battery and sd slot and the device will be complete no doubt

17. wendygarett unregistered

You can always pick nexus device dude :)

19. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

what does that even mean wendy? how can i always pick a nexus device? are you talking about the rumors of multiple nexuses coming out? what are you talking about??

20. wendygarett unregistered

I mean if you think too much of update makes u outdated... Feel free to pick nexus because it gives you a good update :)

23. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

uhhhhhh what do you think we are talking about wendy?? in fact i said the new nexus needs "sure" updates and i mentioned that because the last nexus made by samsung DID NOT fulfill those promises! The new nexus needs to be on top of their game to provide "a good update" like you say.........but please stop telling me rhetorical stuff wendy its really annoying

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Correction: the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus didn't fulfill the promises of "sure" or timely updates. The unlocked GSM version got those updates lickety split while the Verizon version languished. Hell, Sprint got the Nexus updated to Jelly Bean faster than Verizon. So basically: Verizon kinda sucks at software updates.

26. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

yea and thanks for correcting me cuz thats what i was really talking about but i guess the problem really wasnt with google after all but with verizon

28. Grishm

Posts: 54; Member since: May 18, 2012

(1) Google should release not more than two updates a year and should make sure that lazy ass OEMs, especially Sony and LG, roll out the updates within two months of the release of update. (2) OEMs should support their devices by giving updates for at least two years. Not everyone can upgrade to a newer device every six months/one year.

29. AlexYouOC

Posts: 53; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

One of the only things I will credit Apple with is their updating of software. Fragmentation or not, when they release an update, everyone gets it at the same damn time. I know that will likely never happen with Android.... but I can dream tho

30. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

But they only get the same numerical update. The Phones don't get the same features. The more ethical in this area is the Microsoft. The phones with WP7/7.5 can't get the same features that the new phones with WP8. So they will get an update, but not to the same version. It will be aesthetically similar, but not the same.

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