Jelly Bean creeps up, but Gingerbread’s still the daddy

Jelly Bean creeps up, but Gingerbread’s still the daddyAnother month, another set of Android distribution figures to mull over, courtesy of the good chaps at Android Developers.

Last time we checked in, Gingerbread (Android 2.3) was very much the dominant version, and – yep – that’s still the case.

It’s pointed out elsewhere on t’interweb that Android 4’s share now exceeds that of Gingerbread, but that entails throwing together Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2).

Heck, if you want to play it that way, let’s splice together Eclair (Android 2.1), Froyo (Android 2.2), and Gingerbread. At 1.9%, 7.6% and 44.2% respectively, that’s 53.7% combined.

Meanwhile, with 28.6% and 16.5% respectively, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean weigh in at 45.1%. A decisive victory for Android 2 then.

Anyway! Rant aside, here’s how things look, with data compiled over a 2-week period ending March 4, 2013:

  • Donut (Android 1.6) – 0.2% (was 0.2%)
  • Eclair (Android 2.1) – 1.9% (was 2.2%)
  • Froyo (Android 2.2) – 7.6% (was 8.1%)
  • Gingerbread (Android 2.3) – 44.2% (was 45.6%)
  • Honeycomb (Android 3.0+) – 1.2% (was 1.3%)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0+) – 28.6% (was 29.0%)
  • Jelly Bean – 16.5% (was 13.6%)

Interestingly, those figures add up to 100.2%. Go figure.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:11

I'd like to see statistically relevant figures for "who gives a sh*t"?!

Of course, those who do (give one) are very vocal. But most people?
Oddly, I don't personally know that many Android users (seriously...), but the iPhone and BB owners I know couldn't tell you what OS they're on if a trip to Guantanamo depended on their answer.

Pondlife  Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:12

Pity it doesn't then :)
Shows to me that for many of them gingerbread meets their needs.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:21

For most it's Touchwiz or Sense etc...

Unrelatedly, confirmed: the SGS4 will be plastic.

Pondlife  Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:39

Hardly a surprise, not likely an issue for most.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:42

Hardly a surprise, not likely an issue for most.

True... After all: it'll have eye-tracking

http://experiencedynamics.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/eye_tracking_1.gif

Pondlife  Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:45

Well the plastic casing on previous models hasn't stopped them selling and they haven't had to make them as huge as Nokia

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:54

Well the plastic casing on previous models hasn't stopped them selling and they haven't had to make them as huge as Nokia

Yes, I don't mind the plastic... I just don't like what they do with it :p
And yes: what is it with Nokia's love for the bulk? I understand thick - for the camera unit etc. - but the width and overall chubbiness? The 620 and 820 are ridiculous, and the colours really don't distract from that.

Pondlife  Mar. 6, 2013 at 13:06

Hadn't really questioned it much until htc showed that it wasn't really necessary with similar components, design. Not sure where they get the extra weight from either for that matter, or is there from a longstanding handicap system as in horse racing :)

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