Android 2.3 Gingerbread still dominates as Jelly Bean nears 2% share

Android 2.3 Gingerbread still dominates as Jelly Bean nears 2% share

Saying the words “Android fragmentation” is always a good way to kick-start a fierce debate among smartphone fans. Some say it's one of the unavoidable consequences of a truly open platform, others that it's a disorganised, confused mess.

Whatever your own take on the matter, one thing is certain: Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still the most dominant favour of Android, almost a year now since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich emerged.

In fact, its market share among the Android faithful hasn't dropped appreciably in half a year now, with the uptake of Ice Cream Sandwich and now Jelly Bean coming at largely the same pace as versions of the OS older than Gingerbread are losing ground.

That's not to say Ice Cream Sandwich isn't gaining ground: it is, it's just doing so painfully slowly – by around 3-4% a month, not helped by the fact that low-end Android devices are still emerging today with Gingerbread on board.

The latest figure is 23.7%, correct at the end of September, with Jelly Bean now showing up on 1.8% of Android devices.

Gingerbread remains far ahead, though, on 55.8%, and with Jelly Bean already starting to build, there's every chance it – and not ICS – will be the number one version of Google's OS in use once Gingerbread's popularity finally starts to fade.

Via Engadget

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:32

I think worse than being stuck with GB is being stuck with TouchWiz... but hey.

dcx_badass  Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:45

Could do an Apple and put them all on the same OS version but limit the features just to try and put up a smoke screen about fragmentation.

Charts not very good either, the Galaxy S2 which is probably one of the best sold Android phones is running ICS 4.0.4 as is the Galaxy S3 (or JB), same as the Nexus running 4.1.1, so where did those figures disappear to?

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 3, 2012 at 12:29

Could do an Apple and put them all on the same OS version but limit the features just to try and put up a smoke screen about fragmentation.

Charts not very good either, the Galaxy S2 which is probably one of the best sold Android phones is running ICS 4.0.4 as is the Galaxy S3 (or JB), same as the Nexus running 4.1.1, so where did those figures disappear to?


As I keep saying: don't be fooled by the handful of Android phones that sell in huge numbers.
Most 'high-end' devices aren't doing that well. There are over 1,500 Android devices!It's underpowered budget devices that, overall, sell best. The higher specced SGS2 etc are statistical anomalies. Their share disappears in mediocrity.

Pondlife  Oct. 3, 2012 at 12:45

Shows that the old phones are still working and good enough for some I guess.

ian2606  Oct. 3, 2012 at 12:52

A lot of people with SGS2 phones who have had them a long time still use gingerbread. Not many know about updating software or aren't bothered.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 3, 2012 at 12:59

A lot of people with SGS2 phones who have had them a long time still use gingerbread. Not many know about updating software or aren't bothered.

Yes. Very true. Visitors to sites like mobot, and more hardcore modding places forget that most people never update - unless they do whatever iTunes tells them to do.
Most of my real life colleagues and acquaintances with smartphones of whatever OS have never ever updated their phones' firmware.

Lets be honest: tech writers and tweakers aside, nobody gives a hoot. While the bblogosphere declared iOS6 a plague due to the maps 'affair', 100 million + downloaded iOS6 in the first 3 days alone. Why? Because iTunes says so. Not because they had been waiting for it, or give a d*mn about it. A few million who actually do care are a lot, yes. But in the greater scheme???

Pondlife  Oct. 3, 2012 at 13:21

Read that ios6 caused more problems that the maps tbh, read that it totally f'ed up the wifi on some.

100 million + downloaded iOS6 in the first 3 days alone. Why? Because iTunes says so. Not because they had been waiting for it, or give a d*mn about it.

And yet when someone calls them sheep...

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 3, 2012 at 13:28

Read that ios6 caused more problems that the maps tbh, read that it totally f'ed up the wifi on some.

100 million + downloaded iOS6 in the first 3 days alone. Why? Because iTunes says so. Not because they had been waiting for it, or give a d*mn about it.

And yet when someone calls them sheep...


Yeah, well... I'm mostly against the sheep 'meme', because sheep aren't impressed by advertising and propaganda. I dislike all animal metaphorics. No species sucks more than humans.
I'm also against the sheep-thing because humanity is systematically driven nuts by billion dollar campaigns and a brain-frying massmedia. If you juggle a life, 2 jobs, 3 kids etc etc, you're bound to fall victim. It's by design. It's easy to smirk. But is it fair? We all fall for some bullsh*t, some of the time...

mrew42  Oct. 3, 2012 at 20:06

Lets face some facts here. Ics is a white elephant now that jelly bean is here. Gingerbread is still getting updates and there are plenty of phones that are still in use and won't get anything else. I've run all 3 on my HTC and is there any real difference on a day to day basis? Not really. Sure if was to see all flavours side by side it could be obvious, but I'm a bit stale of all the fuss over version this vs version that. The phone is more important to me because of the apps and all round flexibility it gives me in everyday use. Plenty of people I know don't upgrade cos "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." That being said as soon as JB was available for the Sensation I put it on - just to see. I'm still running it now, after switching back and forth to GB and ICS as well. Does it improve my life in any way? Well all the apps work on all flavours (apart from that pesky chrome browser) so from me the answer is "no". But I like mucking about whereas lots of people don't. Simples

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 3, 2012 at 20:33

Agree, mrew.
Most OEMs ruin any resemblance of 'pure Android' anyways. And like all Google 'products' Android is in eternal beta, anyways. It's not like we are racing towards THAT BIG final release.

But I disagree about apps... there are quite a few apps that are ICS only, JB only... or indeed: not ICS/JB. Can't believe it took SPB, eg, 6 months or so to update Shell.

But I guess I just made a point in support of yours ;)

Nothing on the SGS3 bowled me over.

Pondlife  Oct. 3, 2012 at 21:59

What's JB only?

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 4, 2012 at 00:39

I think worse than being stuck with GB is being stuck with TouchWiz... but hey.

Definitely true...

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