Which version of Android is your smartphone running on? (poll results)

Which version of Android is your smartphone running on? (poll results)
Hang around PhoneArena or any other publication focused on the mobile industry long enough, and you're bound to stumble upon the word 'fragmentation'. But what does fragmentation mean in the context of Android? Simply put, it refers to the inability of any one player, including Google, to put the entire market onto the same version of its mobile OS. This is problematic – older versions of Android are no longer officially supported and receive no updates, including security ones, leaving users stuck with devices that are left to die a slow death.

According to Google's latest stats, relevant as of March 2nd 2015, only 3.3% of the total Android population is running on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Of the remainder, 40.9% make use of Android 4.4 KitKat, 42.6% have one of the various Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean builds on board, and 5.9% rely on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The last 7.3% are split between Android 2.3 Gingerbread (6.9%) and Froyo (0.4%).

But when we asked you on Monday to vote for the Android version your own device is running on, we expected to see quite a different split, and we weren't disappointed. In fact, we were even a little surprised to see as many people (38.5%) indicate having the latest Lollipop build running on their daily drivers. The most popular version remains KitKat, though, with 45.42%, while 10.98% have Jelly Bean, and 1.74% run Ice Cream Sandwich.

So why are the results so vastly different from Google's sample of the entire market? There are several reasons that explain such disparity. First off, if you're on PhoneArena and are engaged enough to participate in votes such as these, it is more than likely that you also know more than the average Android user out there. While we obviously don't have the data to back this up, the previous means that your engagement with the mobile industry makes it more likely for you to have a newer, up-to-date device in your pocket. Further still, the power user crowd, while only a fraction of the Android total, is disproportionately more vocal and far more inclined to participate in relevant polls, so they're over-represented. Those are also the people that can and do make use of third-party custom ROMs for their devices, which usually means much earlier access to the latest thing compared to having to wait for an official update, like the typical Android user does.

With these in mind, take a look at the results for yourself:

Which version of Android is your smartphone running on? (March 2015)

Android 2.2 Froyo
1.21%
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
2.15%
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
1.74%
Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean
10.98%
Android 4.4 KitKat
45.42%
Android 5.0 Lollipop
38.5%

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30 Comments

1. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I stated 4.4 version which is on primary phone. But I have also 5.0.2 on my tablet and 4.1 on my spare phone. Anyhow this is not interfering with poll results.

2. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

So almost 84% on what would be considered a 'modern' version of Android. That's not too shabby I guess. Not tooooo fragmenty :)

3. AmirBudi

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

84% for PhoneArena members, not the whole world.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

According to Google's stats as listed in the article, about 85% of worldwide users are on 4.1+. It depends on what you consider "modern" of course (though given the drastic changes made in 5.0, I'd say only Lollipop is modern.)

14. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I still prefer 4.4.4 than 5.0 on my device... at least until 5.1 is wildly available... On the other hand 4.1.2 and up, is what I'd consider to be modern, and still has better features than iOS 8.3

4. SaadN unregistered

Currently using Android 2.3 on a Pakistani phone Qmobile Noir A1 2012.

5. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Do you even android

8. SaadN unregistered

What did I say. I am using Android 2.3 on a pathetic phone.

6. tarun.parashar

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

KitKat is still sweet :)

9. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

That's a lot of Frag...Google needs to clean this mess up. Why can't Google be like Apple. when it comes to updating it's phones.

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Which is easier to handle, a class of 5 students or 15 classes of about 20 students each? Same thing with Apple and Google. Google has to handle updates for loads of manufacturers, while Apple only has to handle updates for 1 manufacturer, themselves.

17. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Well my take is go to private school then. Your logic doesn't add up. My G3 is stuck on 4.4.2 and my Turbo is stuck in lala land somewhere.

24. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

private school = unlocked bootloader + root

27. Exempt1 unregistered

How is your G3 still stuck on 4.4.2? The G3 was one of the first to receive the update out of all of the flagships. And this is hardly any frag. When you look at what is running what, all LEDC's are running the low ends, cuz those phones are ridiculously cheap, while the MEDC's are smashing out KitKat or Lollipop on their devices. You can't compare Google and Apple together; two complete different structures and game plans.

11. praveen1033

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

If google update phones like apple then it would have same ram and resolution for a decade :p

12. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I know right, and even with those ancient specs, the iPhone still trumps Android in gaming.

16. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Yes and then you realize phones have no games.

26. DakotaLee94

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

I work in the wireless industry and I have seen iPhones still running iOS 5 soooo

13. orionla

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Verizon still hasn't released the lollipop update for the LG G2, do they even have it yet?

23. strflyr

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

no one released lollipop on the g2 yet... did u mean the g3? Im running 5.02 on my Verizon g2, without any glaring issues...data, WiFi, gps are all solid. I have to say lollipop is so mature.. the transitions, the look, the feel are so fluid and smooth. by far the best android exp. yet.... and I really liked kit Kat with xposed on top...but lollipop takes the cake

15. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I was excited about Lollipop, but reading more and more about it, it seems like right now it's a bit buggy. I think I'll stick with Kit Kat for now, I'm getting Lollipop features updated via Play store anyway.

18. SaadN unregistered

I an waiting for a true 64 bit Android with Vulkan api support. I am going to buy a mid range Windows 10 handset this year if Ms decides to support sideloading. Go to my facebook timeline, there is error coming here on this site. I can't paste the links here. Type Saad Naeem (Trevor).

19. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Poll fail... where is 5.1?

25. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Poll was done before 5.1 was officially released. Plus it is only on Nexus and the Moto X so no point to have it with so few devices supported.

20. vedraj

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

My Phone's version isnt listed at all.. I use the Sony Ericsson W8.. which is The Android 2.1.. and im fine with that

21. vedraj

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

My Phone's version isnt listed at all.. I use the Sony Ericsson W8.. which is The Android 2.1.. and im fine with that

22. Bobpos

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Obviously when Samsung get their act together it'll be mostly lollypop but will it be 1or2

28. Aroma

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

when i can get 5.1 ver??? so long, but i Think 4.4 and higher is ok. its goos

29. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

This means that MOST Phone arena user were on high replacement cycle (less than 2 years).

30. akhil1998

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

My Phone Is Running On Android Marshmallow.. Micromax Canvas A1 :-)

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