Sunday , October 22 2017

Android numbers are out – Gingerbread down, Jelly Bean up.

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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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18 Comments on "Android numbers are out – Gingerbread down, Jelly Bean up."

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vijay alapati
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vijay alapati

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)

chris
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chris

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
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Wont it be amazing if Donut would overtake Honeycomb 3.1

Conan Thorogood
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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.

bhislop
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bhislop

“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.

Graham Bae
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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.

Tee-Kheang Ng
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i still have a Vodafone Magic that runs on cupcake…

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

Greg McPherson
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🙂 we’re at a stage where Android users get Nostalgic and Retro?

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

Sean Royce
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Sean Royce

lol’d

harvz
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harvz

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

Ed
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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%

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