Jelly Bean more than doubles its share of the Android ecosystem

Jelly Bean more than doubles its share of the Android ecosystem
This month wasn't a big change in the Android platform version distribution chart, but there was a bit of movement, and a fairly large jump specifically for Jelly Bean, which more than doubled its share of the Android ecosystem. 

The big loser this month was Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is down from 54.2% of the platform chart to 50.8%, but it looks as though Gingerbread will continue to hold the majority of the Android ecosystem for a while longer. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich saw a moderate jump from 25.8% to 27.5%. But, the big winner this month was Jelly Bean.

Even just looking at the Android 4.1 part of Jelly Bean, the version more than doubled its share from 2.7% to 5.9%, and adding in the Android 4.2 part of Jelly Bean will add in an extra 0.8%. And, 0.8% may look like a pretty small number, but given that Android 4.2 was just released about 3 weeks ago, and is only available on 4 devices (Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10), that's not a bad showing. 

Although, we're not expecting all that much movement on the Android 4.2 share this month since the Nexus 4 is still showing as either sold out, or shipping in "5 to 6 weeks" in the Google Play Store. 



1. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Wow!! a whole 5.9% - Great

13. MeoCao unregistered

The difference between ICS and JB is not big so many will skip ICS and move to JB.

20. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I'm gonna be moving to JB pretty soon, just gotta wait till Decwmber 15, or later in December

25. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

so you are xperia user?

29. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Android world dominance is HUGE. It will take time to go & eclipse 2.3 Gingerbread. There are hundreds of millions of Android devices. It will take time but it is moving. Android is JUST too huge but the progress made is still pretty good. Little by little. Imagine how someone’s world will change once they move from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to 4.2 Jelly Bean. lol

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

So, about a third of the phones now have JB. I wonder if this counts all devices, even ones with a custom ROM? I have HellyBean 4.2.1 on my captivate and a 4.2.1 CM10 rom on my Droid RAZR - love having the real deal on my nexus 7 device.

7. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Pretty jealous on the 4.2 ports haha. Some devs are still porting it over for the ATT note 2. can't wait!!!

19. nyuvo

Posts: 72; Member since: May 10, 2012

Only 6.7% have JB. But added to that the percentage of people on ICS and you get about a third (I assume that is what you meant). But it is great news. I'm running 4.1.2 on my motorola defy (yes a two year old device) with a stable port of 4.2.1 in the works

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

D'UH...sorry - I meant just 4.0+ which is ICS and JB - sorry about that

8. Aeires unregistered

GB is to Android what XP is to Windows, just won't go away. Lot of phones with GB are coming due for a two year contract upgrade, wouldn't be surprised to see those numbers dropping more sharply next quarter.

9. wendygarett unregistered

some people just happy to own a gingerbread phone, they just don't wanna let go thier sweet memories :)

10. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I'm still rocking Gingerbread on my phone and it's just so nice! It'll be cool to upgrade to a phone with Jelly Bean, though.

12. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

Yea you might need to upgrade, trust me your missing out.

16. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Oh I know I am. My brother has a Nexus 7 and I've gotten to play around with 4.2. It's wonderful.

33. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I know I! remember when I wanted Gingerbread beacause it looked so cool especially the new black status bar but hopefully I'l be getting the Nexus 4 sometime next year unless a newer device comes out.

11. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

Jelly Bean needs to get out there on more devices. I feel as though ICS was a huge step forward for android and Jelly Bean just refined and perfected it. Loving it on my Nexus 10, waiting for the update to my GSIII

14. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I pity those still stuck with that rotten obsolete Gingerbread, they're missing out a lot.

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

ICS won't be a huge diffrence in the PIE since its ICS for 2012 2013 is JELLY BEAN time. That's the phone and OS I'm waiting to purchase next spring

18. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I've been rocking a Droid 2 for a while, so I'm still among the 50% on Gingerbread. However, after being quite disenchanted with update cycles being on the carriers' terms, I bought a Nexus 4. I'll jump from 2.3 to 4.2, and be among the first on 4.3 or 5.0, whichever is next.

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010 and 1/2

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

For those who have a Galaxy S3 - try this JB 4.2.1 ROM -

24. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

The gingerbread is like windows xp in computer word.... It just won't go away even though the newer version has been released Gb = xp Ics = vista Jb = 7 Key lime pie (?) = 8

28. Grishm

Posts: 54; Member since: May 18, 2012

Windows Vista was a flop whereas ICS had a successful run.

31. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Yeah, it's not really a good parallel, unless we're talking about Vista SP2 (where they fixed a lot of the problems). ICS was universally well-received and is a leap forward in design. JB is just a polishing. Gingerbread is XP, Honeycomb is Vista, Ice Cream Sandwich is 7, and Jelly Bean is 7 SP1.

26. nando2do

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

android has to stop this, one update every year should be fine instead of 2, that keeps everyone felling behind

32. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

They are only doing one big update a year. 4.2 isn't major. Even if they did, it would be irrelevant. 5.0's release won't make Jelly Bean any worse of an OS. Not releasing 5.0 doesn't make Jelly Bean any better. It's probably better to have some on 5.0 and many on GB/ICS/JB, rather than all on GB/ICS/JB. That way, at least a few people get more cutting edge features.

27. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Gingerbread is where Android really had matured, it gave a great balance of Speed, UI consistancy and memory efficiency and in 2.3.4 and higher it had partial multicore support. If you own a phone on GB apps wise you really arent missing out on much except maybe Chrome.

34. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

wow...GB is still huge.. i wonder why it takes so long for GB to ICS? but JB grows so fast! might outnumber ICS soon!

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