Check out the rise and fall of Android's versions over the years

The earliest info we have on Android 5.0 Lollipop's distribution is that it's cure present on merely 0.5% of all Android devices. On the contrary, Android 4.4 KitKat, the erstwhile star of the show, has been basking in a lot of popularity  and has finally surpassed the previous Android versions in terms of adoption rates. 

But have you wondered how Android has evolved over the years? If so, rejoice, as we have some nice graphics in store for you. Created by Davide Coppola, an analyst, the graphs show us the ups and downs of the more recent Android distributions, such as Gingerbread, Jelly Bean, and, of course, KitKat. 

What's noteworthy in this piece of data is that it showcases the rise and the fall of each Android version, which ultimately reveals some curious trends. For example, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has been experiencing a slow, yet steady growth up until recently, when its overall usage has begun to decrease. At the same time, the usage of Android 4.1 has been (unsurprisingly) quickly tumbling down for the past year so. According to Mr. Coppola, both of the latter are powering 20%-25% of all Android devices at the moment.

KitKat has not taken a break yet; on the contrary, it has almost doubled its market share during the past few months. In the beginning of July, its adoption rate stood below 20%, while it's currently running on slightly less than 40% of all 'Droid devices on a global scale.

A big question remains at hand, though - is Android 5.0 Lollipop present on more devices than Android 1.5 Cupcake?

source: Robert TriggsDavide Coppola



2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

There's still more Gingerbread devices than ICS? That's a bit depressing.

4. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Well lots of manufacturers skipped ICS because of the slowness. Samsung diddn't update phones except S2 and Note to ICS.

9. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Why? That's mean Gingerbread still good enough to compete against other phone in 2014. That's IMPRESSIVE!!!

11. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Actually, no, it isn't power efficient like JB, and lots of apps doesn't support phones under ICS. So you can't have chrome, or google keep, or something like that.

5. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

That pie chart GIF is pretty cool.

6. Metamorphosis

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

I'm on gingerbread 2.3.6 and all of my apps are running with no issues.

8. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014


7. p51d007

Posts: 703; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Still using 4.3 on my Mate2...doesn't bother me a bit, runs like a CHAMP!

10. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

I'm on lollipop and everything works like a champ :D

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