Jelly Bean hits 10%; Ice Cream Sandwich on almost one-third of Android devices

Jelly Bean hits 10%; Ice Cream Sandwich on almost one-third of Android devicesWe’ve been perusing the latest distribution report from Android Developers, and the figures make for typically interesting reading. As always, the stats are based on visits to Google Play – this time over the 14-day period ending January 3.

Putting a semi-positive spin on things (why the heck not?), nearly 40% of Android users are now rocking version 4.0 or above.

That’s a fairly significant improvement from the figures we looked at in early August, when Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) combined to account for a mere 16.7%.

Of course, the flip side of the coin is that 60+% of Android users are on pretty ancient versions. Gingerbread (Android 2.3) in particular weighs in with a massive 47.6% share.

Though, as we’ve observed several times before, a significant number of Android users don’t seem to know – or care – which version they’re on. You and I are very much in the minority with our daily mobile rantage.

In any case, here’s your breakdown in full:

  • Donut (Android 1.6) – 0.2%
  • Eclair (Android 2.1) – 2.4%
  • Froyo (Android 2.2) – 9%
  • Gingerbread (Android 2.3) – 47.6%
  • Honeycomb – 1.5%
  • Ice Cream Sandwich – 29.1%
  • Jelly Bean – 10.2%

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 6, 2013 at 11:15

Ah yes, I remember Donut on the HTC Tattoo with its silly screen resolution. A lot of people were annoyed that a lot of apps didn't work. But the Androyalists said: no worries, with Android 2 that'll all change; all app will work on all phones and resolutions hahahaha

df89  Jan. 6, 2013 at 11:26

Whatever version, Android is still the most popular smart phone platform out there.

Must be doing something right.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 6, 2013 at 12:22

Yes

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 6, 2013 at 17:36

As I've said a million times before:

People who care about this kind of thing, make sure they're running the latest version of Android. People who don't care about this sort of thing, don't care...

It must be a pretty narrow band of people who really care about having the latest version of Android, but can't be bothered to learn how to root their device and stick a custom ROM on it

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 6, 2013 at 18:31

Agreed.

mightyforest  Jan. 6, 2013 at 19:25

for me its still the most buggiest, memory eating OS out there. No wonder people have to phish about trying different roms . Cant wait for my workplace to replace my android phone

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 6, 2013 at 20:18

for me its still the most buggiest, memory eating OS out there. No wonder people have to phish about trying different roms . Cant wait for my workplace to replace my android phone

I'm not big into it, either. I like playing with Android devices, trying out ROMs, apps, etc... I even enjoyed a few beyond just "trying" - Note 2 and One S last year e.g. But I still cannot see myself using one as my "main" everyday phone. I find it a bit messy, and it swallows time - updates, wahat's happening in the background, updates again; is there actually a good app etc etc ... oops, updates again? Thanks.

Nah...As a morning to evening work' device and a device that actually works when you need a PHONE, I prefer pretty much any other OS.
But I do see it's getting better. Not quite mature, yet, but pretty good overall.

BEEPBEEP123  Jan. 7, 2013 at 01:52

I'm part of the narrow band you mentioned Matt. I find rooting too difficult/never tried it before/I'm too lazy

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 03:02

BeepBeep What phone do you use? :)

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