Jelly Bean cracks 60% in latest Android platform numbers

Jelly Bean cracks 60% in latest Android platform numbers
It's the beginning of a new month, and that means one thing: the new Android platform distribution numbers are out for the month, and they show the trend that you would likely expect. Jelly Bean has continued its growth, and is now loaded up on over 60% of Android devices that have checked into the Google Play Store. And, as you would expect, the numbers for Android 4.4 KitKat are not quite as impressive.

As of last month, Android 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 (collectively, Jelly Bean) made up 59.1% of the ecosystem, and this month it is up to 60.7%; however, the numbers within those three versions have shifted interestingly. All versions of Android from 4.2 down lost share over the past month, except Android 2.2 and 3.2, which stayed the same. The only two versions to gain share were Android 4.3 and Android 4.4. The big winner was Android 4.3 which jumped to 8.9% from 7.8% last month. 

Unsurprisingly, Android 4.4 KitKat didn't move too much, going from 1.4% last month to just 1.8%. Of course, there still are only a handful of devices running the latest version of Android, and most of them are Nexus or Motorola devices. 



1. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

Can't Google make a software version that doesn't require semi-annual updates? All this frequent updating makes (relatively) new devices older than they should be.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No different than any other OS - you want Google to look for improvement and not rest on its laurels...

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

Unlike Apple, who purposefully put out a new OS version once a year, Google puts out a new Android version whenever they feel they've made enough advancements to do so. It's not required as you put it. They just do it on their own timetable. Think about it. If you had an awesome breakthrough 4 months after you released an OS version, why would you wait 8 months to release it? If it's ready for prime time, why not as soon as possible?

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

the devices in the 20% Gingerbread category are probably devices stuck in that category forever, unless you go to XDA or getCM, for a JB ROM.

4. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Gingerbread devices are probably owned by people who have no idea that you can even root a phone. My guess is they are people who needed a smart phone and don't care because it works for them.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Yeah, probably - I had a Captivate and officially it can only get to 2.3.7 - but I sold it on ebay for 75.00 running 4.2 JB

6. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

+1 My sister's SGSII is still running GB2.3.6. and she's fine with it.

7. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

or folks who are dependant on generic functions of the device and dont obsess much about software versions (and also who have limited interest or knowledge in tampering with the software )

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

That would be my step mom - she has a Captivate, still, and loves it...

9. andynaija

Posts: 1265; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

But what if you're rooted, but the thing is you can't find a custom rom anywhere for your device? @networkdood & @PBXtech

10. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Unless you own a China phone, you should be able to find a ROM for your device.

11. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

The changes from 4.0-4.4 have been a joke.

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