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...
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47. ilia1986 unregistered

1. As I said - it's not an issue. You can root and install a custom rom. 2. Your warranty typically lasts a year during which your phone is likely to recieve official updates anyway. 3. You can always unroot and flash a stock firmware again if you so desire. 4. Your argument fails logic as alternatively you would be forced to shell another 200$ to get a new phone in order to get the latest Android version. But like I said - you aren't.

48. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

58. ilia1986 unregistered

Okay, so - root after your warranty is gone anyway.

41. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't matter, at least my 2 year old phones still function. Anyone with the new and amazing iPhone update on anything less than a 5 is screwed.

16. username45

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

That's half a problem with Android itself (or Google, however you look at it), half with the manufacturer's. For one, most Android OEM's don't actually care if their devices are updated, they just do it to look better, so 6-12 months of updates is usually enough, but not even guaranteed. But it's also Google's responsibility to push OEM's to update their devices, which they don't do in order to keep them happy with the platform. And with the supposed "18 month update policy" they set a terrible example... 4.4 Kit-Kat solved one of the main issues with Android, specs requirements, but no Android version can solve the update issue, it's entirely up to Google to set some standards and make it damn hard for OEM's to get by without updating their devices. And all this crap about lack of updates not being a problem: updates= new features, features= value, so more updates means more for your money, whether the consumer realizes what they are getting or not.

19. mturby unregistered

u r right bout that, the question is, will the carriers update capable phones to new 4.4 os if phones comply with the18 months google policy?...doubt it.

27. username45

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Thanks for bringing up carriers, forgot to mention them. And I don't think the 18-month policy applies to all android handsets, (although I don't think any handsets have been supported that long, save the GNexus) it's just some dumb thing Google has produced in order to kill off the Galaxy Nexus.

43. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

tldr on your comment. sorry

56. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

basically most 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.... :-). That is why chart looks like that.... On iOS you are forced to update even if you dont want.....

8. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

No mention that Apple also has this problem to a lesser degree?

9. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I say this as an android user. But if the OEM's haven't updated that 26% of GB devices by now, why would that help in the future? Chances are they are "cheap" devices that the OEM's had no intention to support after release anyway. I just wish there was a way for google prevent the "skins" from being too deeply integrated and force the OEM's to make it where google can supply the updates to the core services in return for access to the play store other google services.

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 6638; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Galaxy Nexus is the proof Google is just the same as it's OEMs.

24. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I actually kind of agree. I'm sure we will get an unofficial build, but it would have been nice if google had at least officially supported the device for 2 full years. Maybe it is a TI issued as other have stated, but I doubt it. Google has the resources to take care of that if they cared to.

36. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Released 17 Nov 2011 and saw every release update from 4.0 to 4.3. How has Google not supported this device for two years? Sprint and Verizon versions were screwed up by the carriers, which speaks volumes why newer Nexus phones were not offered on those carriers like they previously were.

25. mturby unregistered

no a chance! all of the nexus devices were and are receiving updates. nexus one, s, galaxy nexus, nexus 4...

34. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

GNex is two years old. Most contracts are two years long, if someone has a GNex, they'll likely be getting a phone upgrade so it's not as big a problem as you make it out to be. Regardless, it still runs 4.3 which is a more than capable version of Android.

60. Leo_MC

Posts: 6638; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

One has 1,5 - 2 years of updates from HTC or Samsung; why buy Nexus?!

64. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Stock vs. Sense vs. Touchwiz vs. custom overlays in general. Each has its advantages, customers have to determine what fits their needs to decide which to get.

44. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

This is like blaming microsoft for not letting me Windows 8.1 run on my MMX 200 desktop :D

46. mturby unregistered

its not about hardware. there r strong phones like the motorola droid razr that will remaing on jb.

49. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

What if we tell you that you can install Windows 8.1 on your MMX 200 with missing features. Features will be missing because we want you to have a good experience and not see the hardware limitation. Do you accept it or you're fine with running Windows 3.1/95 on your MMX 200?

11. mturby unregistered

maybe Google should become a wireless carrier!

18. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Partnership with T-Mobile would be perfect.

20. mturby unregistered

yeah! if tmobile agrees to update android phones on time

26. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Google are working on it since last year and targeting Africa and ASIA first.

12. mturby unregistered

and let these rip off companies build their oun OS.

22. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Too bad the majority is 4.1 and not 4.3

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well, 4.3 and 4.2 were pretty minuscule updates. The main features of the Jelly Bean version family are Project Butter and Google Now, which 4.1 users can enjoy.

38. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I'm still rocking a Gingerbread phone and proud. But I have the Nexus 7 2013 tablet. That's half.

40. mturby unregistered

try google now on ur gb
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