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Android Distribution Numbers Updated for September, Like Watching a Race Between Turtles

It’s the first week of the month, and that means that new Android distribution numbers are released. Hooray! Woohoo! <insert catchy Apple blog title about how many months it has been and ICS is only at 20%>.

In all semi-seriousness, we did see a jump of 5% for Ice Cream Sandwich from 15.8% to 20.8%, thanks to devices receiving updates across a number of carriers. Jelly Bean also jumped, though slightly to 1.2% (from 0.8%). Gingerbread, as you can imagine, started to decrease as phones made the jump from Android 2.3 to 4.0. And yeah, that’s pretty much that.

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  • joejoe5709

    The most disturbing part is the 18.3% still on Froyo or below. Jeeze… Get with the program!

  • Southrncomfortjm

    By my calculation, 0.2% of 480 million is 960,000. Are there really 960,000 Android devices running cupcake? That, of course, assumes that the number Google states as their “installed base” only applies to devices currently in use rather than ever sold.

  • all this fragmentation talk sounds like a geology class

  • Wolfman32

    I love how my OG Droid is in the 1.2% 😀

  • Buckoman

    Okay. Anyone who’s bared with Cupcake or Donut for this long should be given a new phone or something.

    • Alan Paone

      And a trophy

      • Buckoman

        And a custom written haiku from Eric Schmidt.

  • Beezey

    i can only imagine how many phones are out there eligible for an upgrade but the user doesnt know it or know how to upgrade it. especially the phones that you need to plug into a computer to upgrade (like samsung and kies)

  • androidsuck

    love android, hate updates fragmentation , shame-Google.

  • Southrncomfortjm

    A 5% increase on an installed based of 480 million means almost 25 million more devices are on ICS now than a month ago. Not bad, not great. They really need to limit desert-name-change OS updates to once a year to cut down on this fragmentation.

    • Alan Paone

      What does cutting down on fragmentation net us though?

      • Southrncomfortjm

        Lots of things would improve with less fragmentation I think: (1) Having only new OS per year saves phone producers the time and energy of constantly having to update old phones to new the OS. Less time spent updating old phones means better features, and maybe lower prices, on new phones. (2) Less fragmentation means better optimized apps. Right now, App devs have to accomodate 3-4 different OSes. Having only one or two OSes could all app devs more time to dedicate to new apps. (3) Getting more people on the newest OS will probably make them less likely to jump ship to Apple or some other OS. The more people that stick with Android, the better the Apps and support will get. Probably more out there.

        • Alan Paone

          Apps have to accommodate One OS, Android. Its only really bad apps that don’t work across versions, or apps with specific functionality (like 2.2+ push notifications or 3.0+ hardware acceleration). OEMs currently don’t seem to be putting much energy into either updates or features, so tackling fragmentation would actually take more work from them, even if Google decided to give up its biggest advantage and slow down. Fragmentation hasn’t hurt android yet, its the leading OS. The reason its winning is the speed at which Google is iterating, because if Samsung and HTC can’t keep up, then neither can Microsoft or apple. 80% of people can’t use Boid or Chrome, but that’s a small price to pay to completely own the market. Customers jumping ship bcause they still have gingerbread is a not as bad as customers not thinking that android is the most innovative, new hotness. Six months out of the year, people stop buying i*ones because the old one is old and the new one is coming. Android doesn’t have that because its always new and fresh.

  • NorCalGuy

    Thursday poll what are you currently running…

  • I can’t believe there are people out there still using GB or older. Those poor souls. Heck, I feel sorry for people using ICS.

  • jak_341

    Look at the fragmentation! More and more reason to show that Android really needs to pick s sole provider of hardware. This fragmentation problem needs to get under control…fast.

    • Alan Paone

      Screw choice and diversity! Gut the ecosystem so charts look prettier!

  • David Cosme Jr.

    It’s all in how you spin it. You could say JB went from 0.8% to 1.2%, or you could say that JB showed almost a 50% increase over last month. 🙂

    • Southrncomfortjm

      That’s about 5 million devices based on Google’s 480 million installed based number.

      • michael arazan

        Wait till next month after it includes the motorola JB on the new phones and GNex on sprint with JB too.

  • Mike

    The Sprint Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G are getting Jellybean today most likely so that should help

    • JoshGroff

      Oh cool, they beat Verizon, now back to not caring. Now, if it weren’t for the dev community, I would probably be angry.

    • Keyword: “most likely”

  • yeh

    Gingerbread 4 lyfe!!

  • Aardvark99

    It’s heating up!

  • moelsen8

    these charts aren’t very exciting anymore. i guess they haven’t been for a long time.

    • lostsync

      They’re charts.

      • moelsen8

        slow-moving charts that get slower all the time, was my point.


    The gingerbread pacman is lowly disappearing

  • Eric Peterson

    Ok seriously, WHO IS STILL USING THEIR G1?!?! Upgrade your damn phones! We need “Eclair & Older” off this graph already!

    • Adam Epstein

      Yes. People who are struggling financially should make unnecessary expenditures because you don’t like the way they make a graph look.

      • shecalledmejay

        yeah but there are free phones that are at least running GB out on the market lol

        • Benjamin Sicard

          A subsidized phone that costs a consumer $0 is not a free phone.

          • A phone off contract is still paying same rate as a “subsidized phone”. Not much of a subsidy.

          • Benjamin Sicard

            But at least you still maintain the power to pack your bags and head elsewhere if the opportunity arises.

            Case in point, a few months ago I bought a subsidized Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless. Upon digging so deep into the world of Android with my first Nexus, I soon realized that Verizon was not who I wanted to be giving my money to.

            Had I bought a full price GSM Galaxy Nexus from Google and activated it on AT&T, I would have had the choice of moving elsewhere if I disliked the service that was being supplied to me by them. At the very least, I would have moved this week to T-Mobile, because unlimited data for $20 sure as hell beats anything Verizon or AT&T are offering.

            Sure, if you stay on a single carrier for the entirety of what would have been a contract, then you’ve essentially wasted your money by not subsidizing it with the carrier, but my point is that surrendering my freedom of choice is simply not worth it. Not only on a personal level, but contract subsidies also stifle carrier competition and are a large reason as to why we have such poor choices in the US.

            So, again, subsidized phones are never free phones. The cost is actually quite high.

          • Whilst I agree with the advantages of buying a phone off contract, the people who we are discussing are not these folks. An individual who has a phone running 1.5 or 1.6 are not people buying bleeding edge technology with new phones every 6 mo. They are the parents and grand parents who have been with their providers long enough for their phones to become obsolete. They are fine with the phone because they’re complacent about their hardware, bill and provider. They should upgrade every 3 years and at least get a ‘freebie’. They’re not going anywhere.

      • Oh because these “struggling financially” folks can afford a $30/month (every month!) data fee, but they can’t drop a mere, one-time $50 on a phone from Amazon Wireless that comes with 4.0+?

        • KleenDroid

          Almost everybody took advantage of the promotion Verizon had last year for the unlimited data for $10 per month per line instead of $30 advertised here on DL. Of the folks here on Droid Life I don’t think there are many still paying $30 a month. Except those that got stuck in share plans or the other garbage since unlimited ended.

      • lostsync

        You made me laugh cereal all over my laptop.

    • Lucky Armpit

      I know, right? Plenty of free or low-cost options for people to upgrade. I hate to see the Gingerbread numbers go up, but c’mon guys!

    • feztheforeigner

      I saw one in the wild today and I was like holy crap that is bad a$$!

  • sc0rch3d

    and who the race…the hare or the turtle? thot so 🙂

    • Eric Peterson


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    Any day now!…