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Jelly Bean cracks 60% in latest Android platform numbers

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Feb 2014, 21:48

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...

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posted on 04 Feb 2014, 21:55

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.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 21:56 5

3. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 07:00

12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

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?

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 21:55 3

2. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 22:02 3

4. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 22:08 1

5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 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

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 22:11 4

6. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)

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

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 23:53

7. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 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 )

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 01:38

8. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 02:30

9. andynaija (Posts: 983; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 03:32

10. aditya.k (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 06:39

11. TruPatriot (Posts: 110; Member since: 27 May 2013)

The changes from 4.0-4.4 have been a joke.

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