March Android platform numbers have Jelly Bean up and Gingerbread down

March Android platform numbers have Jelly Bean up and Gingerbread down
The Android platform numbers for March are out; and, as expected, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has continued to gain steam, while the reigning kind, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, continues to slide. And, overall the numbers are starting to turn towards Android 4.x, which is good considering that Android 5.0 is on the horizon.

Android 4.1 was the big winner this month, climbing from 9% last month to a solid 14.9% this month. Android 4.2 also saw a slight bump from 1.4% to 1.6%. This means that Jelly Bean overall has jumped from 13.6% to now 16.5% of all devices. 

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich looks to have peaked at 29% last month, and is down to 28.6% now. That's not much of a peak, but it looks like manufacturers are just pushing towards Jelly Bean. 

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still the biggest proportion of the market at 44.25% (down from 45.6%); and, Android 2.2 Froyo dropped from 8.1% to 7.6%. 

Presumably, these trends can only continue from here, especially with flagships from Sony, HTC, and (most importantly) Samsung either here or coming soon. We can only imagine that Jelly Bean will continue to grow from here. 

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1. p5yb0rg unregistered

Gotta give it up to Sammy and HTC for pushing out these updates promptly. If only the carriers could do the same.

2. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

How can the numbers be out for March already? We are only 5 days into the month.

4. caustictoast

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

It's not for March. It's actually for February but it's published at the beginning of March. The title isn't the best

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The adoption rate is still much lower than it should be though.

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Looking at the source link, Froyo is small. Thats a good thing. It was good when it launched tho. Eclair and older is almost gone. Thats good news. Devices with ICS installed is almost as big as GB. Thats also good news. Jelly Bean is fine...but there needs to be more phones on ICS. Some of it is phones released with older Android versions too...low end, maybe mid range phones.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's quite a bit easier to update all your phones when the number of models can be counted on 2 hands, and you don't have carriers d**king around with your updates.

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

And Gingerbread still keeps performing better than iOS6 :)

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I think the adoption rate is fine for how much diversity there is.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Better off going to XDA for updates..I have 4.2 running on my captivate

11. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

This could mean that either Google is going so fast with the major updates and the OEM's and carriers are too slow. Seriously, I think Google comes out with another major update even before the latest OS matures. That explains why update adoption is not good and that the OEM's and carriers are playing catch up.

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