More than half of Android devices are powered by Jelly Bean

More than half of Android devices are powered by Jelly Bean
The latest figures are out and they reveal that more than half of all Android devices are powered by the Jelly Bean build of the OS. This includes Android 4.1.x to Android 4.3. The entire range of Jelly Bean flavored Android models now makes up 52.1% of the platform's population. Gingerbread, which covers Android 2.3.3 to 2.3.7, is next with a 26.3% share of Android models. That is followed by the 19.8% owned by Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3 to 4.0.4). The data is based on visits to the Google Play Store for seven days up to November 1st.

This past week, Google introduced Android 4.4 KitKat which should start to show up in next month's distribution figures. But Android detractors are going to look at the large number of those still using a phone running Gingerbread and bring up the fragmentation issue that has plagued Android since Froyo days. Android 4.4 is supposed to help eliminate some of the fragmentation by working with some Android models carrying just 512MB of RAM. We will have to wait to see future distribution figures to see how successful this strategy works.

source: AndroidDevelopers via AndroidCentral



1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Half of Android devices are powered by Jelly Bean" More than a half! ;)

2. theaztech unregistered

+1 Leave it to iPhoneArena to misguide the reader.

15. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

What the frickity-frack are you talking about? There are no misguiding figures in this article. It is as fact based an article as you'll see on a tech site.

67. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

I don't see how this post is related to the iDevices.. stop using that term iPhoneArena man. It just makes you immature. Heck, that term was coined up many years ago?! It's old, man.

21. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

They said it's more than half under the chart

28. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Discontinuing support 4 Nexus devices after 18 months doesn't help. I thought Google supported Nexus phones as long as they were able 2

29. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Nexus devices aren't supported for just 18 months, it's an 18 month *minimum*. The Galaxy Nexus actually got 21 months of support (October 2011-July 2013). Also, Google did support the Galaxy Nexus as long as they were able to. After Texas Instruments left the industry, they've been giving limited support to their OMAP processors, I assume they've stopped supporting them altogether now. To try and develop an update for the Galaxy Nexus without proper support from the SoC manufacturer, it's more trouble for Google than it's worth, especially when a lot of Galaxy Nexus owners will just pick up a 4.4 custom ROM from XDA anyways.

32. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


51. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Its funny how people talk about this lack of support of the processor, but I've heard about just from the "expert forum users" not from Google

62. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Turns out a Dev going by baldwin77 or something like that, has released a kit kat rom. If he can I'm sure Google could if they cared too. Also, Google stated their 18 month support policy is why the stopped supporting the g Nexus

63. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Google is getting to be more like apple all the time

30. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree, if it is true then it is really sad and consumer treasonable! :( But it still maybe just a trick to to increase Nexus 5 sales and after some time Google will update Nexus 4 to KitKat. Anyway I'm sure that XDA Developers will bring an solution.

54. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Not providing OS update doesnt mean no support.. Google still provides other improvement updates to Nexus devices even when they cant provide new OS update..

59. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Some are still obsessed with the Steve Job's Fragmentation RANT which has faield to get them any bigger market share. Let market do the talking and not those talk shows and court room battles.

17. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

What's wrong with iOS's market share?

4. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

Jelly Bean is becoming the new Gingerbread

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I'm surprised how many people are still using Gingerbread!

7. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Many of those are most likely Kindle tablets.

10. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Or cheap people still holding on to Galaxy S

35. Alan01

Posts: 616; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Kindle tablets cannot access Google Play so they are not included in the survey Alan F.

50. bernwong0274

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

What about those cheap tablets powered with android from China...those are selling like hotcakes in Asia..all powered by gingerbread and those tablets don't support about that for consideration...

55. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

No.. basically most of them are cheap phones which were released with Froyo/Gingerbread and users dont bother to care about updates.. Those users use their devices for calling/texting/facebook and light gaming only... That suits them and they are not geeks like us.... :-)

6. mturby unregistered

The problem with android is that not everyone receives new android updates, as iPhone users do. p.s: I'm an android fan.

13. ilia1986 unregistered

How is that a problem? For whom? For a person who wants the latest version of android? He can install a custom rom provided his phone can run the latest android version. For a developer? He doesn't care too much since he's developing for multiple API levels anyway. For Google? Hell no. For the carrier? Nope. This is not a problem.

14. mturby unregistered

the average android user dont even know what roms are, the issue is that u buy a brand new android phone, wich has either 4.0 or 4.1 a few months laters, u find out that ur friend has 4.2 or 4.3 and u r stuck on 4.0 forever unless u change the handset.

33. ilia1986 unregistered

Again - that's not an issue. You can root your phone and install a custom rom. I don't care about the average user. The average user plays candy crush and posts on facebook and cares little about the android version his\her phone has. You want to have a newer android version? Want to phone not to lag? You got the option to do so. Install a custom rom. It's really is that simple.

37. mturby unregistered

so they wont notice the difference btween gb n ics or jb? ''Sorry, your device is not compatible with this app''. why not? -its GB OR ICS. u need Jelly bean. ok, let me call my carrier...thank you for calling xxxx...hey representative, update my phone!. -sorry we are not longer supporting your device, buy another one.

42. ilia1986 unregistered

Hey customer, why don't you install a custom rom in it? Or I can just tell you to buy a new phone and you might believe me... or if you're smart enough you won't and research a bit and install a custom rom and thus save your hard earned $$$.

45. mturby unregistered

u mean rooting my phone, getting the warranty voided and putting it at risk after the $200 dls paid only becausez android has an update issue along with the carrier? yeah right.

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