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Android distribution numbers for May – Gingerbread still dominant

May 2013 Developer Dashboard
It’s now June, so it’s time for Google to release the latest statistics on version number usage across Android. As usual the statistics now reflect how many devices actually visit Google Play and it’s good to see that Donut devices are still rocking out there, even as possibly just a statistical anomaly.

So, in May there was a continued trend of Gingerbread usage declining, dropping another 2% of market share and is almost down to only being installed on a third of all Android devices. Unfortunately Gingerbread remains the most dominant platform with 36.5% market share, although Jelly Bean is almost there with Android 4.1 and 4.2 totalling 33% of the Android market now.

Android Version April May
1.6 (Donut) 0.1% 0.1%
2.1(Eclair) 1.7% 1.5%
2.2(Froyo) 3.7% 3.2%
2.3-2.3.2(Gingerbread) 0.1% 0.1%
2.3.3-2.3.7(Gingerbread) 38.4% 36.4%
3.2(HoneyComb) 0.1% 0.1%
4.0.3-4.0.4(Ice Cream Sandwich) 27.5% 25.6%
4.1(Jelly Bean) 26.1% 29.0%
4.2(Jelly Bean) 2.3% 4.0%

Declining usage in Froyo and Eclair most likely show the upgrade cycle is on for users of those handsets and the numbers should continue to decline. The decline in devices running Ice Cream Sandwich is possibly due to upgrades to Jelly Bean being pushed through by OEMs.

The numbers are usually only possibly of interest to developers looking for information on where to target their apps and thankfully the trend demonstrated here is an upswing of devices running Android 4.0+. This should mean we will see more ‘Holo’ style designed apps in the near future. In the meantime, check out the latest ‘Beautiful Android‘ that James did showcasing the latest good looking Holo style apps.

 
Source: Developer Dashboard.

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That explain why Android has sold a lot because of low end phone. The high end smart phones that are running ICS or JB only around 58.6%. Not to mention a lot of ICS and JB devices are low end too.

Greg McPherson
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4.2 being bumped up by the S4.

4.0+ is now the dominant level, and those owners will be the guys actually buying apps. I’d be developing for 4.0+ on anything new.

Sean Royce
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Sean Royce

Yeah, ridiculous that the HTC One was released with 4.1.2 when all of Samsung’s prior devices were already updated to that before it was even released.

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