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Google Updates Android Distribution Numbers for November, Jelly Bean Up to 2.7%


It’s the first of the month which means Google has updated the Android distribution numbers from the previous month. As you would expect, Jelly Bean’s share has jumped slightly to 2.7%. Since there are so few phones running 4.1, the slight bump from 1.8% makes perfect sense.

The Ice Cream Sandwich share saw a solid increase to 25.8%, up from 23.7%. Gingerbread remains king with a majority 53.9%. The rest is spread between really old phones running ancient software.

And that’s that.

Via:  Android Developers

  • Smity

    When I see people with the iPhone showing me their home camera’s and while they say they love the phone I notice that the picture comes up instantly. On Android it takes 30 seconds to a minute to see a home camera displayed. And that’s on plain iPhone 4. Get real Android people, this software stinks.

  • carlisimo

    We have to get used to accepting the OS that came with the phone. We may not get another, so judge a phone based on what it comes with. If you have a Nexus, well, it still took the GSM Nexus S four months to get ICS, and about as long for the CDMA Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S (4G) to get JB. Not a great track record.

    I think the bigger deal is that new phones didn’t start including Jelly Bean until pretty much now (the Galaxy Note 2). THAT’s embarrassing. If the Update Alliance should be able to do one thing, it’s get new versions of Android to manufacturers in time for them to include it in an upcoming phone.

  • shecalledmejay

    If you got the latest android you shouldn’t care about fragmentation, I now realize android is what you amok, and you shouldn’t be waiting on updates. ( do it yourself)

  • trophynuts

    This will never change. Google has to allow this to even have a chance at competing with Apple. It’s frustrating for users because of App development. Apple puts out one type of phone, and the majority of iphones are on the same version of Ios if not only one version behind. In order for Google to compete they have to purposely flood the market with devices and when you do that this is what happens. Fragmentation. While we’re at it. Lets throw a new version 4.2 in the mix oh and we know that our Tablet Apps suck but we’re going to throw a High Res tablet out The nexus 10 so that the tablet apps on that will not only suck but be super sucky because of the app not being designed for the high res display.

  • Rob

    Obviously I’m not about to provide a revelation, but older phones can’t handle the newer software. The only way this chart will ever change is if the carriers allow for phones to be updated more frequently than every two years. Not going to happen

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Fragmentation hell…. Those numbers really point how how pathetic the whole OS system is run. People are yammering on and on about JB, and yet no one uses it. 2.7% versus 53.9% still on GB – what a bad joke. Even the numbers for ICS, having been out a long time now, are a joke. And hell, some phones are still trying to get ICS when it is already old. I bet by the time the next OS comes, JB might have that 25% – point being, it is hardly worth striving for as it is already in the works to be surpassed.

    An this is a joke of a statement “a solid increase to 25.8%, up from 23.7%” as if you think 2.1% is a “solid increase” it further shows how f***** up the fragmentation is. THIS is one of the top issues dogging Android. This and just to damn many stupid phones to select from.

    • shecalledmejay

      All you have to do choose the phones that are guaranteed an update, why is everybody worried about everybody else’s phone?

      • FortitudineVincimus

        really? And how do you do that? People selected moto phones and moto changed their mind. Remember? D’ohhh

        Plus you can’t guarntee what the provider will decide to offer even if the phone is “updateable” by the manufacturer.

        People cannot pick phones that are “are guaranteed an update” as the providers and manufacturers don’t even know what their own plan it – they flip flop technologies, hardware, beliefs on a phone by phone basis. It is 2012 and the just announced Nexus 4 – the “latest and greatest” mind you – does not even have a f***** expandable SD card slot. Jesus please.

  • mustbepbs

    25% is very sad for ICS, considering it’s been out for a year.

  • r0lct

    Well remember there are a lot of people out there who don’t upgrade the moment they can. There’s a lot of people sitting on GB phones for 2+ years now. I think we’ll see JB leapfrog ICS in 2013 rather quickly.

  • balancr

    BUT although JB is a small percentage it is still millions of phones.

  • Thanks to the Nexus devices and CM10+AOKP .. or else that number would’ve been like 0.0%
    OEM skins and carriers SUCK!

  • Slappy Sam

    My Bionic finally joined the “Elite” ICS club a year after coming to the party.

  • Damian

    With each new update Google pushes out my phone just gets further behind and seems older….sad

  • omgwtfbbq

    The other day I got a catalogue from a random store which sold prepaid and postpaid phones… There was one ICS phone and about 20 gingerbread phones. It’s little wonder that gingerbread is still the majority.

  • ddevito

    This is the only point in my life where I’ll be the “2%” :p

  • Christian

    What will it take to get those people off of Cupcake?

    • Devices that are at least from 2011 and do not have super-low specs.

  • Liderc

    This is really just disappointing and further proof that nearly no one actually knows how well the best version of Android actually runs. If only we could get Google to take the Nexus line seriously and give all manufacturers a chance to make them and have them on every carrier with no limitations – Android as an OS would improve vastly in the eyes of the public and the user experience would soar.

    I know Android has always meant having a choice, but not at the price of quality and up to date OS versions.

    It will only get worse now with them not releasing the Nexus 4 on Verizon, considering it’s the largest carrier in the US. Just think of the fragmentation we’ll see in the next year with the majority of the US smart phone users with zero devices running the latest OS.

    • sean

      Wrong … what they did was take a stand on Verizon, and all the other carriers. This is the start of Google taking control of it’s destiny. To date they have been told what they will be doing and when.

      • Liderc

        There’s no point in taking a stand if no one ends up using your products. And obviously barely anyone is using the Galaxy Nexus considering it’s the only device with Jelly Bean. I love the Galaxy Nexus, I wouldn’t give it up for anything but another Nexus, but the way Google is handling this is going to result in more fragmentation, not less. We’re going to have what 1 or 2 carriers with the Nexus 4? That’s not a way to get your product out to the masses.

        Apple somehow got the carriers to bend over, why can’t Google do the same? Not having the Nexus 4 on Verizon dramatically cuts down on the amount of people that will be using it and most importantly the people who jumped on the Galaxy Nexus bandwagon who will be looking to continue using a Google device.

        A majority of us will end up having to upgrade to a non-Nexus device because Google wants to take a stand against LTE? Come on. That’s a terrible argument for the advancement of technology. Mobile is the future and Verizon’s LTE network is so far ahead of anyone elses that no one will ever catch up. It’s a drastic mistake to not somehow work out a deal so that the update process can be more seamless.

        • My Galaxy Note 2 shipped with Jellybean. I replaced my nexus phone with that. I must say the note 2 beats Nexus any day hands down in , camera quality, battery life, display quality, performance and software polish. I’m done with my experiment with pure google phones

          • michael arazan

            Well i hate oem software overlays (skins, as it used to be called) I would rather have the option of pure vanilla android with a device. If i could get an sg3 with stock android I’d be happy, or the new HTC dna with stock android.

    • Chronon7364

      Even though it is (obviously) the carriers who are the direct cause of this impediment on the end user experience, it is stunning because the possibility of millions of users greatly improving their experience is literally possible right now. It is possible today. The software is right there! But then, I suppose users would feel like they all of a sudden had a brand new phone of tomorrow, full of all of Google’s latest and most impressive innovations. And then perhaps they would not re-line the pockets of the carriers with more money for a new device. Shameful.

  • Does this include ROMS or just official upgrades?

    • Christian

      Both. The chart is auto-generated based on information that the Play Store gets by parsing your build.prop when you connect to it.

  • These numbers, and the fact that a new Nexus is not coming to Verizon anytime soon, are why I will be switching to an iPhone for my next phone. I am a die hard Android fan, but I cannot be on a phone that is not on the latest hardware, and I cannot use anything other than Verizon because of where I live…

    • nightscout13

      In case you have not noticed, the Nexus 4 does not have top shelf parts. It’s closer to mid-grade than high-end. Plus it’s an LG. RAZR HD MAXX is the best option right now.

      • dangolds

        That’s what makes the Android experience even more quirky. All these models to choose from, but you can rarely find a device that carries both the latest hardware and the newest version of Android OS. Just seems counterintuitive.

        • APai

          it might be slowly changing. the latest version of the OS coming to top tier phones in a few months after its release. which is not bad. maybe they will get their act together with the AOSP and other things pushing in that direction

      • k_nivesout

        What mid tier phones are sporting processors comparable to the S4 pro, HD IPS displays, wireless charging, 2GB RAM, etc? Sorry, the nexus 4 is a cut above the RAZR in every regard but LTE and battery size.

        • nightscout13

          The only thing on that phone high end, is the SoC. 2GB ram is old news. inductive charging has been available in 2009 with Palm.

          • Kizipotamus

            So inductive charging is the norm and is in most phones, right?

            Wrong. Just because it’s “old” tech, doesn’t mean it’s mid-grade tech. There’s like two phones out/coming out that have it.

          • nightscout13

            Limited adoption does not equal top tier

          • Kizipotamus

            I don’t think you know what a “top tier” phone means.

          • APai

            I think nexus’ fault is with its limited storage, which keeps it from wide adoption. the first thing i notice with power users around me is they pick a 32 gb card for their phone, if supported they go for a 64gb sdxc.

            so the adoption rate is really due to the device being hamstrung by storage concerns.

          • TylerChappell

            If 2GB of RAM is such old news then perhaps you should try explaining why so few phones have it, or why in the world they would possibly need more than a whopping 2GB anytime soon? Or explain why the RAZR HD’s dont have 2GB if it is such old news. It’s not old news, it is merely the new standard for higher-end mobile devices and has been for a few months.
            2GB of RAM is not going to be old news until you have phones with 4GB, which my guess is that won’t even happen for another 1.5+ years.

          • k_nivesout

            If 2GB ram is old news then why doesn’t your suggested device (razr hd) have it? The only thing high end is the SoC? What about the part of the phone you look at and interact with the most? Admittedly, this is from early reports, but the display is among the best (if not the best) currently available (think HTC one x, iphone 5, etc). Basically everything aside from the radio chipset inside the nexus 4 is pretty top notch from what’s been reported thus far, of course it will be interesting to see a tear down once it’s released..

            Basically, you’re sounding like someone whose trying to convince themselves that something like the razr hd is superior (at least from a hardware standpoint) to the nexus. With the aside of LTE, that’s just simply not the case, don’t delude yourself.

          • APai

            I’m sorry, you must be from the future if 2gb is “old news”. perhaps sandy brought you through a time warp from the future.

            jokes aside. c’mon man, how many phones have 2gb ram on it ? I can think of note 2 and that one barely popped up a month back!

      • JetBlue

        How does it not have top shelf parts? Never knew 2GB of Ram, Quadcore processor latest Android OS and the fact that it’s a Nexus device makes it not a top shelf phone. Only thing that’s missing is LTE and a removable battery.

    • If you’re looking for a phone with the latest hardware, it’s not the iPhone on Verizon.

    • Kizipotamus

      Why would the software version of other people’s phones affect what phone you buy? Who cares what other people are running?

    • iPhone

      Read below to see several lame attempts at defending a non-LTE phone as “top-tier”.

  • rocketpunch

    Pretty sure Apple have a patent on pie charts.

  • NicholasMicallef

    So I’m one of the 2.7 % of people who are running JB even though my phone is not supposed to have Jellybean, so I’m the small minority of the even smaller minority says a lot about the way I use electronic devices xD.

    • Yep

      I love how these threads turn into humblebrags about whatever device and/or ROM a person is using. You’re not a special snowflake.

  • Devon Delcourt

    I’m curious. Do these distribution charts include those of us running JB Roms?

    • I believe it’s based on people who access the Play store that week

    • cantcurecancer

      yes, it’s from application downloads in the play store

    • nightscout13

      I think so, yes.

  • There are more people on eclair than jb….sad

    • kixofmyg0t

      Think about that. For all the people who have a Nexus, or w/e other means to get the latest Android version…..all of us are exceeded by people with a Motorola CLiQ era phone.

      We are a drop in the ocean.

      • ERIC REED

        And this is why people leave android phones after their two year agreement. They dont know how great it is in the newer versions. And being stuck on eclair/froyo for that time would be maddening.

        • Jwhap

          There is a lot of truth to this statement. I have some regular customers that just got 2 iPhone 5’s because they thought their android phones were slow and buggy. They were older phones…..they love their I phones and are glad they made the jump. I wonder if they had ICS or jb if they would have made the jump!

        • FortitudineVincimus

          great point! as well, JB is/was so hyped.. and no one uses it or has it!! And, by the time it gets up to speed and pushed to phones… it is old old news as e are on to Key Lime Pie or whatever they are going to call it.

          • ERIC REED

            Folks like me who left Android after the Thunderbolt and Bionic disasters will probably never get to experience how great the system is now. You get tied up in different ecosystems and it makes it hard to leave. I cannot justify completely leaving IOS with what I have tied up in my Mac, ipad and apps. Now I like to buy phones off of craigslist if the price is right, but I am the minority. The carriers and google have got to get these phones updated sooner across the board. Yesterday Apple pushed out 6.0.1 and my whole household could update our phones and my ipad if we wanted.

  • rumthin

    OMG. 12% of people are still on Froyo! That’s more than 1 in 10 people. That makes me sad.

    • JetBlue

      Blame it on Carriers/OEMS. I’m still running GB since my phone EOL after 7 months.

      • dangolds

        I blame the carriers but Google as well. What’s the point of updating their software so frequently if they have no method for ensuring customers can gain access to it?

        • TylerChappell

          It’s silly to blame Google. If every phone worked like the Nexus 7 tablet, completely free of carrier restrictions and bs, everyone would be running 4.1.2 by now, or in the very least, manufacturers with their obnoxious custom skins like HTC etc would either be on (or on their way to) a 4.1 build of Jelly Bean or a 4.0.4 build of ICS if it weren’t for the carriers.

          • dangolds

            I don’t think it’s silly to blame Google. Google’s #1 priority in the mobile business is to get some form of their OS into as many hands as possible, regardless of how old the software is. Their business model is search and data, so the more people who are using their product, the better. Their focus on market share has led to this situation where they are at the mercy of the OEMs and carriers when it comes to pushing their new software out. But they’re willing to make that sacrifice because it’s better business for them to have 100 people in total with Android-based phones running on different versions than 60 people in total with Android-based phones all on the single, latest version. I understand and respect the reason for their business model, but it comes at a cost to customers. As I noted earlier, all these theoretical choices across the Android world, but it’s nearly impossible to find the device at any point in time that matches up the latest hardware with the latest software. I think the GS3 accomplished that for 2 or 3 weeks when it was first released with ICS. Then Jelly Bean came out.
            The Nexus devices from the last couple years are also good examples. gNex launched with a less than top of the line camera and poor battery performance. This year’s Nexus 4 will force customers to choose between Android 4.2 and LTE. I like choices, but there should always be an option available that gives me a combo of the latest hardware and the latest software. Seems like the closest to that right now is Samsung, who’s doing a much more timely job of providing software updates than they used to do.

      • There HAS to be a ROM that gives you something better? What phone are you on?

        • JetBlue

          LG Revolution the closest thing I have is a very broken CM9 attempt which I appreciate the guy who did it but he never finished it.

          • Rodd

            same situation for me..
            Moto Atrix 4G

          • TylerChappell

            Shoulda went with the Tbolt, at least you could have had a fully functioning, albeit presently buggy ICS leak! 😀