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Android Distribution Charts Updated for September, Eclair and Donut Finally Dismissed


With all of the world focused on Google’s unveiling of Kit Kat and Samsung’s big announcement, Google snuck out another update for the Android Distribution Charts

The biggest addition to this month’s update is actually what it subtracts. Donut and Eclair (versions 1.6 and 2.1 respectively) are no longer listed on the pie chart. According to Google, those versions of Android only accounted for about 1% of devices that checked in to Google server.

Froyo only dropped 1% from last month to 2.4% and Gingerbread is down to 30.7% from 33.1%. Ice Cream Sandwich went from 22.5% to 21.7%, a small drop. Of course, Jelly Bean continues to gain pie share, moving from 40.5% to a nice 45.1%.

The chart only shows percentages for versions 4.1.x and 4.2.x of Jelly Bean, so 4.3.x has not really taken a hold yet on Android devices. As manufacturers work on updating their devices, maybe we’ll see it make a debut next month. Of course, October is more than likely when we’ll hear more information about KitKat 4.4 thus making the 4.3.x version of Android old news.

Via: Android Developers

  • Droidzilla

    This is an old way of looking at phones being up to date. This is now the chart that matters:

  • Damon

    I am the .1% – three 4.3 devices

  • I always hate these, because they don’t really represent proper user stats. All of our actual phones/tablets are on Jelly Bean, but I still have 3 phones on Gingerbread in my house. The HTC Rhyme that my wife (foolishly) wanted is now an alarm clock (the little dock makes it perfect), Galaxy S (Fascinate) is a media player for my son and the Incredible is a kitchen timer. None of these are active as actual phones and shouldn’t be counted in this, but because they still access Google Play they still show up.

  • mustbepbs

    Who’s Dave?

    • I heard he’s Tato’s minion.

  • Mayoo

    I think Froyo as more than Nokia … *TROLOLO*

  • Sacrifist

    Where did the Droid X end up? My mom and my buddy who destroyed his RAZR HD are still using them. Assuming Gingerbread.

    With any luck, I can produce 2 upgrades tomorrow. A Moto X for my mom, and my old Bionic to my buddy. That’d be a good day.

    • Higher_Ground

      Pretty sure it ended on gingerbread, which I guess isn’t too bad seeing as how it launched with eclair

  • there are 4 devices that I can think of the top of my head that would move in to 4.2 or 4.3 but the refuse to send out updates due to carrier or manufacture.

  • joejoe5709

    Weird to see ICS fall at a similar rate as Gingerbread but this keeps looking better. Surprised 4.3 didn’t make it to the board. Here’s hoping next month is even better!

    • Robert Macri

      Yeah, Do Nexus phones not account for more then .1%? Odd that it didn’t make the list.

      • joejoe5709

        Yeah I mean I’ve got two 4.3 devices. My mom has one and a buddy has another two. And that’s just my little circle.

  • It’s good to see the different versions of Android getting clumped up together but fragmentation is still an issues (or feature, as Google would say). 4.1, 4.2, & 4.3 are all “Jelly Bean” but all different versions of Android. I guess the good news is that there is less and less differentials in the later versions. Either way, good to see less is more.

    • Ryan Stewart

      Its not any difference with any other OS out there. IOS for example doesnt have one version like they advertise. They have IOS 6.1 for old phones, 6.2 for not quite as old phones and 6.3 for new phones. And the features you get vary based on the .1 version. Siri, Maps(navigation/3d), etc.

      All that really matters is the underlying structure and trying to get the APIs as close as possible so manufacturers can build around it and developers can develop to it. That is why Google has slowly been pushing more and more apps and APIs out of the core system and into the play store or play services.

      That way you can be on an android version 3-4 steps back and still have the same updated applications and newer APIs.

  • John Burke

    That one cop must have finally upgraded to a newer device

  • I like little you hear about “fragmentation” nowadays. looks like that “problem” went away on its own.

    • Ryan Stewart

      It was never really that big of one. Being said Google has made some big changes in how they do things to help minimize the impact for the developers by moving more and more stuff to the play services and making the version of Android nearly moot.

    • imronburgundy

      It’s still an issue that a year later, only 45% of the phones have the latest version of Android thanks to the carriers and manufacturers.

      • Two questions, why does that really matter and how many of that other 32% (I’m not counting ICS) do you think are really primary devices?

      • Droidzilla

        OS version is becoming less and less relevant with how Google rolls out updates through Play. Apple fans will need new talking points.

    • Fragmentation was just a negative buzzword similar to “Frivolous Lawsuits”. It was put out there to make things appear really horrible, but was more or less just anti-marketing. In reality it is an issue that every OS, mobile and PC, deals with, but doesn’t affect the end user all that much. There may be some Android Apps that a Gingerbread user can’t have, but if they are happy with their phone why would it matter? iPhone 4 users have no access to Siri, but it doesn’t prevent the phone from doing what it was originally intended to do. Windows 8 is the latest for your desktop/laptop, but how many people are rushing to jump to it instead of Windows 7?

  • bboyairwreck

    i’m gonna downgrade my OG Droid to Eclair and sign on to the Play Store just to f**** with them

    • Droidzilla

      Is Eclair even Play Store compatible?

      • She_Beast

        This response copied from user Christian above in this thread:

        “Beginning in September, 2013, devices running versions older than Android 2.2 do not appear in this data because those devices do not support the new Google Play Store app. Only the new app is able to measure the number of devices that actively visit Google Play Store and we believe this measurement best reflects your potential user-base.” – Google

  • Tyler

    If everyone using a 2.3 phone tried 4.X their mind would be blown as to how Android has come.

    • Sacrifist

      You know, I wasn’t all that upset with 2.3 on the Bionic.

      Until I finally got 4.0.

      And then 4.1.

      Some of that is attributable to the near-removal of Blur, but I digress.

      • Ryan Stewart

        Even with AOSP its mind blowing. Before giving the old Hero to a friend to replace her broken phone and it was like looking into a time capsule. It was so basic then (but still had a lot of advanced features). It ran like crapspackle but I put AOSP on it and, man, that HTC software really was slowing the phone down.

        4.0 is really when skins became obsolete. It had/has more polish than any skin and solved many of the shortcomings that were made up with OEM software. Then you really get to see how poorly coded and bloated they are. Just compare a regular S4/One to the GE ones.

      • Tyler

        If you were to go back to 2.3 after using a phone that came with 4.X is when you would understand. There has been so much optimization and butter added to Android. Skins really take away from the experience in some respects. I’ve used 2.x and 4.x and after turning on my og DROID is when it really sunk in for me.

    • poop

      I for one, a user of a 2.3 phone, have a 4.X device (Wi-fi 2012 Nexus 7). I’m not really blown away as you say, but I would love to finally upgrade my phone soon to something getting KitKat, hopefully the N5.

      • Droidzilla

        That’s because OS updates don’t matter as much anymore. Google is baking the good stuff into apps that use Google Play to update (services being the conduit). Having 4.3 is nice, but even on 2.3 one can have the latest Maps, GMail, Chrome, etc. The OS version is becoming less and less important. Google is here sidestepping carriers and OEMs.

        • Giga

          google chrome is not avail for 2.3, only 4.0+

    • Chris Cannon

      My Droids won’t run 2.3 well, much less 4.x..
      One’s running Bugless Beast, the other’s on MIUI, and I’m seriously thinking about switching the MIUI one to Bugless, since my son doesn’t really play with it anymore.
      Long Live Droid!

  • Philip J. Fry
    • michael arazan

      Great actor great movie “His Girl Friday”

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Makes me wonder what’s on my kitkat wish list. Time to start making accurate predictions.

    woah, Dave. Hey.

    • Michael

      wow..all 6 of those articles really stick with you

  • Michael

    I look forward to the post where Gingerbread is gone!

    • PolarBear

      That might happen with kitkat.

      • joejoe5709

        Doubtful. I think even a year from now GB will still be 15-20%. It’s really difficult to whittle down from 30%. Eventually we’ll start complaining about how many people are still on ICS instead of at least 4.1.

    • paul_cus

      Not as long as I keep my Xperia Ray around.

  • cjohn4043

    Now to eliminate Froyo, Gingerbread and Froyo as well….

  • Jimeong Lee

    DONUT! Your time has finally come!

    Uh…I mean gone!

    • Derin Richardson

      I’m thinking of Homer Simpson with this comment for some reason.

  • Shane Redman

    Why not just drop Honeycomb as well????

    • Derin Richardson

      Seriously…It was completely DOA when it came out two years ago anyway.

      • JetRanger

        All Google TV devices are Honeycomb. Like it or not….

    • HTC Flyer lovers.

    • TheWenger

      I guess it’s to show the API level. There is a decent amount of stuff that was added in Honeycomb that’s important to developers.

      • Derin Richardson

        That’s fair. I could understand that, actually.

    • Christian

      “Beginning in September, 2013, devices running versions older than Android 2.2 do not appear in this data because those devices do not support the new Google Play Store app. Only the new app is able to measure the number of devices that actively visit Google Play Store and we believe this measurement best reflects your potential user-base.”

      • Shane Redman

        AH HA!