February Dashboard
The February numbers are out for the distribution of Android versions across the over half a billion devices out there. Basically it appears that trends from previous months are continuing or in other words the instances of devices running Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb is continuing to decline in usage as either more devices have their software upgraded or people upgrade to new devices running later versions of Android.

Android Version January February
1.6 (Donut) 0.2% 0.2%
2.1(Eclair) 2.4% 2.2%
2.3-2.3.2(Gingerbread) 0.2% 0.2%
2.3.3-2.3.7(Gingerbread) 47.4% 45.4%
3.1(HoneyComb) 0.4% 0.3%
3.2(HoneyComb) 1.1% 1.0%
4.0.3-4.0.4(Ice Cream Sandwich) 29.1% 29.0%
4.1(Jelly Bean) 9.0% 12.2%
4.2(Jelly Bean) 1.2% 1.4%

(Edit: Got the numbers for Honeycomb mixed around, updated now)

So there you have it, Android 4.X devices are certainly proliferating and with the sub-$50 Ice Cream Sandwich running Huawei Ascend Y201 popping up at Coles a couple of weeks back it’s a sign that Gingerbread is definitely in decline as the go-to OS for the mass market phone makers.

I’m also offering cash to anyone who still has a device running Cupcake right here and now. Tweet me, email me, Google+ me, anything! I intend to start a Cupcake based user group to skew the numbers, we only need half a million or so of us.

Source: Developer Dashboard.
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    vijay alapati
    vijay alapati
    7 years ago

    this has nothing to do with updates, Just new devices being released with 4.x this makes the old devices % reduce…..i still feel bad that my galaxy 7.7 is struck with ICS and no jellybean (upgraded to ICS from UK rom..there is no ICS update for 7.7 wifi only in Australia yet)

    Daniel Tyson
    Reply to  vijay alapati
    7 years ago

    Just curious, with the sheer numbers that the Samsung Galaxy S Series : II and III have sold, you don’t think an update from Gingerbread/ICS to Jelly Bean will make an impact?

    vijay alapati
    vijay alapati
    Reply to  Daniel Tyson
    7 years ago

    i agree, thats very few compared to rest of the devices ๐Ÿ™
    my tab is the most expensive tab of its size and generation still there is no official ICS from samsung ๐Ÿ™

    chris
    chris
    Reply to  vijay alapati
    7 years ago

    Yes for this reason I no longer buy Samsung, they made an amazing device but dumped the users with the 7.7 was my last samsung device.

    Luke Pocock
    7 years ago

    Wont it be amazing if Donut would overtake Honeycomb 3.1

    Conan Thorogood
    7 years ago

    is it safe enough to brand google’s software rollout system a complete failure now? almost half of android users are on a version that is over two years old, aka 5-6 versions behind the current one. this is a joke that android users (of which i am a rabid one) seem to gloss over.

    Graham Bae
    Graham Bae
    Reply to  Conan Thorogood
    7 years ago

    It’s not an ideal situation, but it’s not one that has a magic bullet solution. Google can’t FORCE hardware manufacturers to provide software upgrades for old devices, and they have very little incentive to update them.

    Most people don’t care what version of Android their phone is running, and OEMs would prefer that people buy a new phone instead.

    Daniel Tyson
    Reply to  Conan Thorogood
    7 years ago

    Well, the abundance of handsets that are on the market using old versions of Android is not exactly Googles fault. It is due to the open nature of the OS, unfortunately whilst the code is out there for anyone to use there will always be handsets that are left for dead. That said, it’s a fine line for Google to walk with regards to keeping Android alive, open and accessible for as many people as possible whilst exerting pressure to maintain the OS version. Also, I have Android handsets which I don’t believe would handle the upgrade from Gingerbread to… Read more ยป

    bhislop
    bhislop
    Reply to  Conan Thorogood
    7 years ago

    “google’s software rollout system a complete failure ” nah, totally disagree. Google are the only ones doing it right … they release phones with the latest Android version. It’s all the other manufacturers (Nexus excluded) that are doing it wrong. As Graham mentioned, the majority of Android users don’t care anyway. They probably don’t even know there is a newer version.

    Tee-Kheang Ng
    7 years ago

    i still have a Vodafone Magic that runs on cupcake…

    Daniel Tyson
    Reply to  Tee-Kheang Ng
    7 years ago

    Cash being offered for sale of said cupcake device.

    Graham Bae
    Graham Bae
    7 years ago

    Someone needs to make a Cupcake rom for the Nexus 4!

    Greg McPherson
    Reply to  Graham Bae
    7 years ago

    ๐Ÿ™‚ we’re at a stage where Android users get Nostalgic and Retro?

    Graham Bae
    Graham Bae
    Reply to  Greg McPherson
    7 years ago

    Google’s old stuff is way better than their new stuff. They sold out when they went mainstream.

    Sean Royce
    Sean Royce
    Reply to  Graham Bae
    7 years ago

    lol’d

    harvz
    harvz
    7 years ago

    What the hell? both 3.1 and 3.2 honeycomb is up! how the hell does that happen?

    Ed
    Ed
    Reply to  harvz
    7 years ago

    I think the numbers are mixed up. 3.1 should go from 0.4% to 0.3%, and 3.2 goes from 1.1% to 1%

    Daniel Tyson
    Reply to  Ed
    7 years ago

    Right you are, my mistake. I’ve updated the table to reflect this.