Which version of Android is your smartphone running on? (poll results)
posted by Chris P. / Mar 26, 2015, 5:46 AM
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
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean
Android 4.4 KitKat
Android 5.0 Lollipop
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So almost 84% on what would be considered a 'modern' version of Android. That's not too shabby I guess. Not tooooo fragmenty :)
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 6:28 AM 4
Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 21, 2014
84% for PhoneArena members, not the whole world.
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 6:37 AM 11
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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.)
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 7:02 AM 2
Currently using Android 2.3 on a Pakistani phone Qmobile Noir A1 2012.
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 6:41 AM 1
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.
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 7:37 AM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 7:46 AM 3
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.
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 10:23 PM 0
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If google update phones like apple then it would have same ram and resolution for a decade :p
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 7:50 AM 3
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Verizon still hasn't released the lollipop update for the LG G2, do they even have it yet?
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 8:44 AM 0
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
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 1:31 PM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 8:58 AM 2
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).
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 10:30 AM 0
Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013
Poll fail... where is 5.1?
posted on Mar 26, 2015, 10:59 AM 0
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