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Android Distribution Numbers Update for January – Jelly Bean Tops 10%, Gingerbread Takes a Hit

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10%! Ten percent! Diez por ciento! (I think that’s the Spanish version) Jelly Bean, in the newest Android distribution numbers has hit the double digit mark. I don’t know why I’m acting like I’m excited about that fact, but it certainly seems like some sort of a milestone, doesn’t it? Also of note, we have Gingerbreadย dropping below the 50% mark for the first time in well over a year and Ice Cream Sandwich creeping up towards the 30% mark.

That puts almost 40% of Android users on at least the top two versions of Android. Not bad? Not that good either. An ongoing battle.

Via: ย Android Developers

  • Anon

    10% running Jellybean = 90% that are not.

    And yet this article tries to make it look like the glass is 1/10th full as opposed to 9/10ths empty.

  • JaUros

    omg,pelase ,to be galaxy mini 2 update in january

  • schoat333

    I feel bad for those people that are stuck with honeycomb on their tablet.

    • Danrarbc

      Are there any stuck with it though? Most if not all of those have at least ICS now. There are people that just don’t upgrade.

  • summit1986

    We ARE the 1% ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Lucky Armpit

    That’s good to hear. I was angrily swearing at the TV during the holidays every time I heard the Wal Mart commercial with “get a free Samsung Galaxy S2” which means “weclome users to an old, outdated, horrible Android experience that should have been laid to rest years ago. Oh, and you’re stuck with it too.” Companies shouldn’t allowed to distribute Gingerbread anymore.

  • jlschulz098

    there is no way in hell that jb is in the double digits. htc and samsung are the biggest out there and barely 1% of their phones are running it.

  • Lyn Scott

    “Diez por ciento” is correct.. Ten percent. I’m glad to see growing ICS & JB but it is really slow adoption. People need to buy more nexus line even if that means to lose some hardware goodness.

  • joejoe5709

    In a world of “Ninety Nine Percenters” I’m glad to be a part of the 1% in this case!

    • teleclimber

      Same here! Got my N4 a couple of days ago. After far too long on Gingerbread it feels great to be top-tier.

  • joejoe5709

    Veeerrry Nice. All of a sudden I think we’re finally starting to get somewhere! I see the dates, but I still question whether most people have activated their new phones for Christmas and if not I bet that will change the numbers even more drastically.

  • I’m pretty sure those (still quite high) gingerbread numbers are due to Motorola phones. Most Motorola phones released from 2009 to mid 2011 were never updated past gingerbread. On top of that normal people don’t care about there software. us tech junkies like the extra features an stuff.

  • Silver Veloz

    …and JB will go up even more, when this happens:

    RAZR: Will receive update, no timeframe given โ€“ likely Q1 2013.
    RAZR MAXX: Will receive update, no timeframe given โ€“ likely Q1 2013.
    BIONIC: Will receive update, no timeframe given โ€“ likely Q1 2013.
    DROID 4: Will receive update, no timeframe given โ€“ likely Q1 2013.

    YAY for JB.

  • strider_mt2k

    I thank GB for getting us as far as it did , but it is JB’s turn to rock…for a while…

  • Amador232425

    Lol! Now I know why the called 4.2 jellybean , so they can combine 4.1 and 4.2 under the ‘jellybean’ name so the percent of users that have it can be higher. Wow if the would have named 4.2 Key Lime Pie it would’ve been a mess!

  • kane

    If I had made that chart for school I woul have failed. Drop the API portion. That does mean anything to normal people. And Google didn’t need to make all those revisions to the 2.3 series. You on Ginberbread? which one? The 1st of one of the other 5. Kinda throws the numbers of a little

    • TheWenger

      Funny thing is that the chart is actually for developers. And they do care about the API level.

  • usmitcboy

    You see all these reviews and videos on YouTube with taking old phones & putting a new OS on them. Why doesn’t any one do videos with putting an old OS like Gingerbread or Froyo on a Galaxy S3?

    • C-Law


  • Simon Bemont

    And Gingerbread has finally dipped below 50%, while 4.x is around 40%. Nice.

    I see that Cupcake has finally fallen off of the chart. Donut should be next. I’ll be honest. I think Gingerbread will keep a fairly sizable number for a while longer because a lot of legacy hardware just runs better with it. I just threw CM7.2 on my old Hero, again, for the hell of it and it sure is snappy compared to stock Sense.

  • Alan Paone

    I’m still really confused about the 0.2 % on gingerbread level 9. Those are solely people who never updated their nexus S to 2.3.3. WHY?!?!?!?

  • WalkerNA

    Well, cupcake is finally off the list. That’s a mini-victory in itself.

  • nightscout13

    I think when the GS3 got Jelly Bean, it really helped these numbers.

    • kixofmyg0t

      And the OG DROID RAZR.

  • NexusPhan69

    I am the 1%

  • Manny Pineda

    Unless Google makes copanies pay for Android, the latest os will never be on top

  • nsnsmj

    About time GB is below 50%. That crap’s holding things back. Hopefully it fades away even quicker in the coming months.

  • iOS 6.0.2

    What a joke.

    • TheVoiceOfReason

      How’s Siri working on that iPhone 4?

      • DRizzy

        Not much room to talk with 47% of Android phones still running Gingerbread

        • TheVoiceOfReason

          That’s not really a concern considering even those phones can run Google’s latest apps such as Gmail, Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, etc. And those phones are nearing the 2-year mark anyway, so it’s time to upgrade to a new phone that runs Jelly Bean.

          Thanks for your concern though, Android is doing just fine.

  • Alex Kirkpatrick

    It’s sad that there are still more people on Donut, Eclair and Froyo than Jelly bean.

    • Jelly bean has 10%….!

      • Donut, Eclair, Froyo = 11.6%
        Jelly Bean = 10.2%

        Pretty frustrating, but Dount, Eclair and Froyo’s numbers are going down every month, while Jelly Bean’s continue to rise, which is good. Hopefully by next month 4.x will have overtaken 2.3.

        • michael arazan

          its going to be another year at least till gingerbread drops significantly. Not till those 2 year contracts are up and people start upgrading their phones to new contracts with discount from late 2011 and early 2012 devices that sold with gingerbread and weren’t going to be updated to 4.0

      • Alex Kirkpatrick

        Sorry, I should have been more specific, I meant combined.

    • macdaddyjohnson

      Yeah, unfortunately I’m one of those 9% on Froyo ๐Ÿ™ Why Nexus 4?! Why?!

      • What phone do you have?

        • macdaddyjohnson

          The Samsung Intercept. It’s such a horrible phone but it was pretty cool two years ago!

  • Gotta feel for that .2% still rocking Donut. Don’t worry guys, Eclair will arrive any day!

  • Bionicman

    Dios mio!

    • Rafa Sandoval

      Madre de dios!

  • Treknologist

    You got it right in Spanish, Kellex! Diez por ciento it is! ๐Ÿ™‚ And glad to see GB finally going down! We need most Android phones on 4.x!

    • Manny Pineda

      We have to remember that this is world wide. In the us most people are ics and jb.. in other parts of the world like china..it’s another story.

      • I think it is the U. S thats Gb, got to remember all those prepaid phone companies like tracphone, that only come with gb and never will be updated

  • ~40% running 4.0 and above. Some good news

    • joejoe5709

      Yeah! 5.1% increase for 4.0+! That’s huge if you think about it. Cupcake isn’t a factor anymore, but Donut somehow increased .1%. Similarly, Froyo increased by about a percent. Gingerbread took a 3.2% hit so I’m hoping most of them went to 4.0+! Either way, it’s looking better.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Good to see GB taking a hit. In all honestly ICS should make up the majority of Android powered devices by now.

    • *should* is right! I imagine a year from now the numbers will shift quite a bit as users upgrade their phones. It wasn’t long ago that a large portion of new devices were still shipping with GB. Based on these numbers, I think we can safely assume that most users don’t upgrade their software manually, and probably avoid OTAs that aren’t forced.

      • Anon

        A year from now, there will be a new Android version out, and the graphs will look the same –that is, a very small percentage will be running the new version, while a ton of phones will be finally running ICS.

  • Gnasherdog

    Slowly but surely, and don’t call me Shirley.

  • PuzzleShot

    Them GS3s, man. Munching on those jelly beans.

  • chris125

    It helps many manufacturers updated their devices to jb and hopefully more get the update as well