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Android Distribution Charts Updated for August, Jelly Bean Hits 40%

Android Distribution Numbers - July

The Android distribution numbers were updated for August last night, showing that Jelly Bean’s foothold in the Android pie continues to grow at a steady pace. Now at 40%, up from last month’s 38%, it now has a very nice lead over Gingerbread, which still has a large chunk at 33%.

As for the rest – Ice Cream Sandwich 22.5% (was 23.3%), Honeycomb and Donut remain at 0.1% (was 0.1%), Gingerbread 33% (was 34.1%), Eclair 1.2% (was 1.4%), and Froyo 2.5% (was 3.1%).

Via: Android Developers

  • S2556

    My parents both have LG Optimus Ones which was $200 outright about 2 years ago. They are gonna upgrade soon so there will be 2 more gingerbread phones off the chart.

  • Hitch’s Apprentice

    One question MOTO…. where’s the Droid 5???? I’ve had the Droid 2 & now the Droid 4… Don’t abandon those of us who dearly love the slide out keypad…. or I will NEVER buy another Motorola Product…..

  • Trueblue711

    I’m sure this picture would look a lot different if people were allowed to upgrade more than once every 2 years. The 2 year contract needs to die.

  • DroidFTW

    I wonder what percentage of that 33% will never buy another Android phone because of the inability to update. That is the worrisome aspect of these numbers.

    • joejoe5709

      It’s been hanging around in the 30% range for at least 9-12 months. You’re absolutely right – probably not going to change much until those phone’s hardware starts giving out and they’re forced to get something else. Problem is… those same people are likely to buy a mid-range phone still running 4.1.2, never get updated beyond 4.3 and sit on it for another 3 years while the rest of the world is 5.0+. It’s a very vicious cycle. My bet is that in another six months Gingerbread will still be a chunky 25% while KLP begins its takeover. Very worrisome indeed. Let’s hope this holiday season brings more people into at least the 4.0-era.

  • annahuffington9

    This is a great news. Android release cycle is also a lot slow now, allowing OEMs to push updates

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  • Capt. Crunch

    Will Gingerbread ever die? It has been out since December of 2010 for Christ’s sake!

  • joejoe5709

    I had a friend recently take to Facebook and ask, “New Galaxy or new iPhone? BTW I HATE GLITCHES!!” Of course her comments blew up. I was the one person that asked what her current phone is. Her answer was DroidX2. I actually chuckled. I told her, “No wonder you hate glitches!! You’re stuck with a phone that wasn’t exactly praised and was quickly abandoned by Motorola. You’re also still stuck on VERY outdated software in a time where Android has completely reinvented itself.” I asked her to go look at the new phones out there and see what she thinks because basing your opinion of Android on Gingerbread is not giving Android a fair shake. Gingerbread is practically an ancient dead language compared to Jelly Bean.

    This is a prime example of our frustration with fragmentation. It’s not about the developers anymore. It’s about user experience and the good name Android has built for itself. Gingerbread needs to die a quick and painless death so that we can move on with out lives.

    • mustbepbs

      DROID X2 sucks so badly. I mistakenly got that for my wife and it was an absolute nightmare.

      Old Android phones definitely put a bad taste in people’s mouths. Most of the recent phones are excellent, almost all good.

      • joejoe5709

        Exactly. With contracts I know it’s a lot to ask, but I begged her to try a new Android phone. Even mid-range phones these days are more than adequate for the average user. But I told her a safe bet is a higher end phone like a flagship because there is a new version coming out in the six months and she won’t want to miss out being on the update schedule like the X2 was.

      • Trueblue711

        The Droid X, X2, and Droid 2-4 turned a lot of people away from Android and have moved on the iPhones. Luckily, the Galaxy is making them question coming back.

  • Higher_Ground

    What devices are stuck on ICS? I can understand all the GB devices that are EOL (and have been for quite awhile) but who’s on ICS that isn’t already on JB?

    • samari711

      Devices that were just about EOL when ICS came out and that was their last update

      • TylerChappell

        Devices such as the LG Lucid.

    • HTC EVO 3D and many others that shipped on 2.x…

  • Alex Goings

    Lol. More people on eclair than Honeycomb….

    • EC8CH

      nobody bought those tablets.

      • Alex Goings

        No. No they did not.

  • EC8CH

    Bring on KLP!

    Wonder if we’ll see more visual improvements from Matias?

  • Stephen Cox

    I feel sorry for that 0.1% on Donut…

    • Matt Laney

      They probably don’t even know.

    • BigWormBigPerm

      It’s definitely some old lady with 20 cats that got it as a present years ago and has never used it

      • EC8CH

        I think if it shows up on this chart, it means she uses it.

        • DanPatrickFlores

          Gotta take a picture of your cats somehow… and right now, I’m imagining the most depressing Instagram account.

      • joejoe5709

        It’s time Google searched for this person and offered them a new phone for free. Maybe even do the same for Eclair and Froyo and make a marketing campaign out of it.

    • joejoe5709

      Honestly I think I feel worse for the Foyo users. At 2.5% there’s a lot more of them than Donut. Yikes. Even the 1.2% Eclair is pretty bad…

      • MikeCiggy

        Can’t these be devices other than phones?

        • joejoe5709

          I guess… I’d have to wikipedia when Android tablets started coming out but I think that was Honeycomb. So that would make anything prior to Honeycomb exclusive to phones. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

          • I’ve saw some tablets on 2.x.
            The original Galaxy Tab shipped on 2.2 for example.

    • michael arazan

      There are 3 early nexus devices in space on satellites, 2 with nasa and one with the British space organization which is using it to detect if sound can be heard in space. I know one or two are the HTC nexus and one might be the first gen.

  • WTF

    Why is Kellex promoting the Moto X so much? Is he part of the 500 million ad campaign or something?

    I’ve never seen him so passionately try and defend or get us to like a product that he “hypebeasted” for the past 1-2 months.

    • mustbepbs

      Is there a reason you’re saying this in an article that has no mention of the Moto X?

      • Higher_Ground

        LOL, it’s almost like he’s a part of the Samsung marketing campaign 😛

    • confused

      I agree. He was part of the game changer discussion with the product being low cost to make a real splash. I’m just surprised he hasn’t had a strong opinion or showed any disappointment. The past day just seems more like him selling us the Moto X than anything else.

      I agree the industrial design is worth something, but $200 on contract worth it?

      • Justin W

        While the specs might not be “impressive” by tech-geek standards, what they’ve done is harness the power of efficient non application processors. They are pushing power efficiency and user experience with this device, and based on several tech blog overviews of it, they did a great job.

    • NickA

      You need to read in detail the specs and comparisons between the X and something like the One or SG4. The X is a solid performer. The whole “last year’s hardware” is just ridiculous.

      Get your hands on one, use it, then go ahead an judge it.

      • WTF

        All i’m saying is I’ve followed droid-life for years and have never seen him push a phone like he is the X. Just seems fishy

    • joejoe5709

      Dude don’t turn every article into a Moto X discussion. This is trollish behavior.

    • Pedro

      Maybe he’s Bionic. Would that make Tim Sarge?

  • Guest

    Oh Gingerbread. I don’t miss you one bit.

    • michael arazan

      I’m actually happy I leap frogged gingerbread from going from my D1 froyo to ics on a gnex.