As such, you’d be forgiven for questioning the giant leap to 25% this month. The answer? Well, Google has changed the method it uses to calculate Android distribution. Cheeky.
The new technique certainly paints a rosier picture, with exactly one quarter of Android users rocking the latest version, namely Jelly Bean Android 4.whatever.
Google explains: “Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store.
“Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.”
Hmm, I suppose that’s fair enough. In any case, here’s how the latest Android distribution figures look:
- Donut (Android 1.6) – 0.1% (was 0.2%)
- Eclair (Android 2.1) – 1.7% (was 1.9%)
- Froyo (Android 2.2) – 4% (was 7.6%)
- Gingerbread (Android 2.3) – 39.8% (was 44.2%)
- Honeycomb (Android 3.0+) – 0.2% (was 1.2%)
- Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0+) – 29.3% (was 28.6%)
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.1+) – 25% (was 16.5%)
via: Android Developers