Jelly Bean now running on 49% of all Android devices

Jelly Bean now running on 49% of all Android devices

Another month goes by, and as always,the folks over at Google have released their latest numbers on theusage of its OS. Those are mostly targeted at developers, but there'sno rule saying that we can't take a peek, too.

First and foremost, we're happy tonote that Android Jelly Bean is getting real close to the 50%threshold, or in other words – half of all devices on the droidplatform are now running a version of Jelly Bean, mostly 4.2.1(36.5%), while the newest Android 4.3 only accounts for 1.5% rightnow. Neither of these numbers appear surprising in the least –Jelly Bean is by far the most polished of all major updates, and ithas proven to work just fine even on less potent hardware. We would, however, definitely like to see more devices leave the now dated 4.2.1 buildand move onto 4.3, though this has traditionally proven problematic.

On the other hand, super-old versionsof Android, like Gingerbread, are still pretty popular, at 28.5%.These include all the legacy devices that are still operational,though we're still seeing new devices coming out with the OS, mostlyin China and India.

At 20.6%, Android 4.0 Ice CreamSandwich has a fifth of the market, though we expect a good number ofthose to start making the jump to Jelly Bean sooner or later.Unfortunately, there are quite a few ICS devices out right now whohave been officially cut off, so that's that.

In case you weren't aware, Googlealso reports figures covering the swath of different screen sizes andthe pixel densities that exist in the Android universe. While it'simpossible to call the exact split, we can nevertheless extrapolatesome information, like the fact that despite the recent predominanceof large screened devices (e.g. 4.7'' plus), nearly 90% of thepopulace has to make do with a screen estate anywhere from 2- to 4.5-inches. Really puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

source: Google



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

3. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Luls touche

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

If all OEMs would have updated their devices to JB then JB would have been reached to 70% - 80% mark. Still 49% is great and increasing.

5. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

And the remaining 51% is my country where people are still using Gingerbread!

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Ya if its still running gingerbread right now I highly doubt its ever going to even see ice cream sandwhich.

8. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

you retard is is 29%

11. HASHTAG unregistered

Yeah, makes sense to call someone a retard when you can't even write a four worded sentence correctly.

14. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

HAHA. +1

17. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I know I sounded a lil over-dramatic by saying that the remaining 51% of the android (particularly v2.3) users are in my country. But 17.8% of the world's total population is in here (India) and each one has a minimum of two low end Samsung (or other local branded) android phones running GB or ICS here (or at least, most people whom I've seen has!). That's what I meant! Too bad you didn't understand the difference between a joke and

18. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

(contd) **a serious comment and tried correcting me!!


Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Sure. Three updates called jelly bean. A cheap trick by google. Hopefully kitkat will be available to more phones.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The adoption rate is too low. JB as a whole is almost two years old. There needs to be improvements with getting updates out.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You see with android updates mean 'up'dates and not 'down'dates which comes with a barrage of bugs :) Perhaps you didn't read this news which seems rather odd as you never miss any apple news:

12. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

How often are Android phones updated?

13. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

There's a good 300 different phones, which one in particular are you wanting to know?

15. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Shouldn't matter which phone it is no? Any phone running 4.0.x, 4.1.x, etc. Don't they need the bug fixes, security fixes, and enhancements in the newer releases?

20. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

How's that unofficially updated s4 of yours with the rom?

22. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Fine thank you. If I officially updated my AT&T via OTA, it whould have locked the bootloader (MF3 update). Pretty sh*tty move by Samsung/AT&T.

23. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Hard dose of reality says no. Low end phones aren't going to see all the updates because their hardware requirements and because they are cheap phones. I'm sure that's a lot of what happens in these charts. Flagships are another issue, OEMs and carriers should be updating because people pay top dollars for them. A couple of years ago it wasn't what you could say was good but in the past couple of years OEMs have stepped it up and done a better job.

24. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I don't know when 3 months became "almost" a year, but okay.

16. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Many of my friends and family have found no reason to rush to an upgrade. They seem very content on how their present version is working in spite of how I tell them the advantages. Android is comprehensive enough where updates aren't as anticipated like ios versions. Not a jab at Apple. But, my Apple friends can't seem to wait long enough for the next ios version. John B.

19. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Even if the want to upgrade, can they really? without having to go for a new phone....just saying

21. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

No. But, old versions of the iPhone are no different. Given the scope of what Android users want vs Apple users, Apple users are more eager to upgrade. John B.

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