Android users take to Jelly Bean faster than most any other Android build

Android users take to Jelly Bean faster than most any other Android build
Forget for a moment that Jelly Bean is available in just 1.47% of Android devices. The more important number is the 1500% growth in Android 4.1 traffic that has been seen in the first two months that the latest Android build has been available. This information comes from mobile ad network Chitika after compiling two months of Android web traffic.

While this seems like good news for Android, the fragmentation problem appears to still haunt the mobile platform. A whopping 57% of Android users are still using a device running on Gingerbread and this is a build of Android that dates back to 2010. Even with the huge increase in Jelly Bean users over the two months ended in August, the increase is coming from a small base which means that the same issues continue to work against Android users. Slow updates, manufacturers deciding not to update fairly new devices and long testing times are problematic.

Unlike iOS, which updates basically one phone and one tablet (admittedly across a few generations), Android updates need to work on different phones and tablets made by different manufacturers. And even a stock Android model like the Verizon version of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus has yet to be updated to Android 4.1.

source: Chitika via Phandroid



1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

"Unlike iOS, which updates basically one phone and one tablet (admittedly across a few generations), Android updates need to work on different phones and tablets made by different manufacturer" its much easier to work with "one" device now isn't it? but still i get your drift.......and thats why when choosing an android device its kinda best to go with a really popular one.......ones that get more attention than others and also choose a good HTC Samsung or Sony

4. wendygarett unregistered

Dude... ios 6 can start update today as well... You'll see the growth :)

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

sigh.......i know wendy.......i know lol...... but where we wont see growth is the OS :(

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

quick updates, but same restricted operating system sorry

28. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Android - locked bootloader and no updates iOS - easy jailbreaks and timely updates for many years. Who did you say was restricted again?

32. adelta90

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

im sorry, locked bootloader? wanna try again? for ios, you need a jailbreak just for a file manager (at least in 4s) i find that hard to digest since we are talking about smartphones

8. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

dude whats yourfighting for?

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

no bodies fighting man stop being sensitive

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

iOS 6 is just a name as not all the features will be available on older handset. Android mirgation on feature is 100% even on very old handset.

11. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

18. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

You forgot Motorola, recently they have been working hard to make sure their year old phones have Jelly Bean.

29. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

My one year old DX2 is still bootloader locked and running GB. Moto is full of s*(^t. They have only unlocked 2 phones and have no intention of unlocking older phones. Its all marketing BS.

31. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Yea it is, the international version of the Xoom is like 4 updates behind the american one.

42. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

That's why they are giving you $100 toward your next phone. (Btw it came out in May so technically it's over a year old by 4 months now)

23. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Companies like HTC and Samsung should work on their flagship phones and FOCUS on 1 or 2 phones, that's what they should really work on, to make those couple of phones better and BETTER. Look how ridiculously incredible Apple is doing with just 4 dif. phones (3GS, 4, 4S, 5). Samsung should have better Quality phones, they have the sources to do so... Hell, even HTC is using aluminium. Everytime there's a phone coming out and people go crazy, next thing you know a month later another phone comes out that you want and then again and again every two months there's one phone hatching. In my opinion this is crazy, they should focus on just a couple phones and then there WILL be faster Android updates due to the decreased number of phones and i bet you if they really work on it they could make Android the perfect OS and 1000% smoother.

2. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I'm Still using Gingerbread (2.3.3) on Droid X. But not for long. As soon as the Maxx HD and the Optimus G come out and some reviews are in I will decide between the two and have ICS then JB.

3. Apple_Royally_

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

57%still on GB and Fragmentation..... IOS is the same 2.....

30. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Not On iOS the user has the choice to update. On Android you have no choice. You have to pray the manufacturer and then the carrier give you an update - and they almost never do. Even 3 year old iPhone 3GS's will get iOS 6 today - if they want - on the day of release. Name one droid that got an updated even after a year and a half.

36. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

HTC vivid for ATT, almost a year and a half old. It has ICS. :) also Atrix 2,

37. SleepingOz unregistered

"no choice" really? You can update your Android yourself, well before the official updates are out!

38. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

Samsung nexus S. Came out in 2010 and got full jellybean

39. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Yes 3gs customer can get the updates,but with much less of the features and for the most part they are better not getting the update at all. We've had lots of customers with some major 3gs problems even when they updated to ios 5. Its quite better off if you have an older and less technologically advanced phone not to get the current maximum os update and have smooth problem free functionality than to get the actually update and have a your phone half bricked as a result,android manufacturers know this and as result don't result handsets not capable,other factors like network carriers can slow any updates that are released. You wouldn't put a new ferrari engine in a toyota yaris chassis would you,it not built to take it.Apple hides its fragmentation well because the os hasn't developed much from year to year and the phones really have changed much either

6. Cacharoes

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

It will not be that long, before that 57% shifts to ICS or JB. Considering ICS and JB are starting to be on Devices when they ship. Most of those people using GB should start having their upgrade. Of course it would be nice if we did get upgrade faster, but that is what happens when we have a choice of nearly 4,000 different Android Models. Versus the 9 or so IOS Devices. Google Works to help make the Upgrading work faster anyway. Unifying GB and Honeycomb into ICS and releasing JB early to Manufacturers. We definitely are having a much faster adoption of JB than with previous Android iterations. It is good we are having some progress in this area.

13. Femto

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

To each his own, but it sounds like you're very forgiving for these extremely slow updates. 1.47% is WEAK by any measure. End of story.

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well the real question is how many of those actually care for an update, these numbers have a meaning for geeks and devs..... and assuming from what we heard about the WP camp having 3 versions (Mango, Tango, Windows 8) I don't see much of a difference from 2.3 4.0 and 4.1 when devs are involved, and now that the new iPhone has fragmented their ecosystem too I technically see the same headache on every mayor platform

21. Femto

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

You make a good point. I'm annoyed by it because very much appreciate the upgrades present in Jelly bean. You're right, though. Most people probably don't care or even know what jelly bean is. Next paragraph not aimed at you, proto: Making excuses for a pathetic number like 1.47% and giving red thumbs for calling that a weak number just lends credence to those who claim the followers of these web sites to be fandroid sheep - defending android at all costs; not letting logic io common sense get in the way. Hey, I like android, too. I'm just saying it's not perfect, and 1.47% IS weak.

40. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

if you ever been into android you will find out how normal this is, for the first time google is addressing the issue and the adoption rate is super high.

43. Femto

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

I've been into android since our old buddy, the original Motorola Droid, was released. Well, let's just hope we start seeing a bunch of JB updates and phones released with JB very soon...or at least lots of support so we can flash it on any phone we choose.

9. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

It's because JB is just so damn good! :)

10. Jphones

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Its really just phone sales that cause fragmentation. Think since GB dates back to 2010 that means anyone who bought a phone that year is only eligible for a upgrade now in 2012. 2yr contracts play a huge part in the "suppose" fragmentation. New versions of android come out usually yearly sometimes less. Kinda hard for most manufactures to keep up let alone trying to make new devices and update skins for those new devices. An at the same time trying to refine skins for there older devices and work in an update for them. Not saying they don't take there sweet time with the updates but still not all their fault. Idea to propose to manufactures would be to take their top 3 phones an promise these specific phones will be the only ones that are guaranteed to be updated to future Android updates. Obviously manufacture updates would be excluded. That way people will know what phones will get future updates before they buy. Would save everybody time and make the manufactures have little to no excuse for updates being extremely slow. it will also give the android ecosystem a break from all the suppose fragmentation.

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