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Android Distribution Numbers Updated for October – Jelly Bean Closing in on 50% Share

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Late last night, the Android team updated their dashboards to reflect new platform distribution numbers as we head into October. As has been the trend over the last few months, Jelly Bean continues to expand its reach and is now on 48.6% of Android devices (up slightly from last month’s 45.1%). That doesn’t mean that 50% of the world is on 4.3, but that is a combined number of Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3, since they all fall under the Jelly Bean name.

Ice Cream Sandwich now sits at 20.6%, Honeycomb remains alive at 0.1%, Gingerbread somehow still manages to hold 28.5%, and Froyo remains delightfully chilly at 2.2%.

Via:  Android

  • Terrance Steiner

    What?!?!? No more Eclair?

  • angermeans

    GB still at almost 30% that is very annoying. Shows just how many android phones in the world are low end phones sold in third world countries. I wish this would change, but five years into android and no improvement. Sadly this is android Achilles Heel and if it can’t be corrected we will continue to fall behind iOS’ app development.

  • Roger W Turner

    If you only include what *I* would call a decent ‘phone then 4.3 has 100%.

  • joejoe5709

    Heck yeah! Nearly 70% of Android users are on 4.X and above. This is awesome news. We’re finally getting somewhere!

    Gingerbread will never die. At this point, those on GB and Froyo won’t leave GB until their phone dies and then they’ll probably purchase a used iPhone because they think Android sucks.

    • angermeans

      Not really when considering that includes 20% still on ICS that came out 2 years ago and 4.1 that came out six months after that. Your only looking at less than 10% that is actually running a version that released within the last year. When double that number is still stuck on GB and Froyo. Google really needs to get this update alliance going as companies like samsung are abusing the system and packing their software skins to the absolute brim with gimmicky features no ones uses past the first day and then abandoning phones when a new version comes out a mere 8 months later. Not to mention everyone phone on the market is shipping brand new a version or two behind and it has been that way since android began. We need more nexus devices to sell to keep these greedy OEMs on their heels. Nothing about that chart above shows me any improvement and it is sad that android is still struggling so bad with fragmentation.

  • ShinedownMike

    Still rocking the 2.3.4 on my HTC Incredible 2… when I say rocking I really mean ready to throw my phone off a bridge. Can’t wait until upgrade time.

  • Butters619

    Gingerbread will always hold a big chunk because all the throw away Android phones use it. It makes calls, sends texts, and can access the web. It does everything cheap phone makers need it to do, so they have absolutely no incentive to upgrade.

  • MichaelFranz

    I know this is a global distro list, but as someone said in another comment, low budget devices account for some of these older revisions still showing in high numbers. If you checked top teir devices for the last 3 years and not the BS junk manufacturer tablets and devices that run 4.0.4 or 2.3 and never get an update, im sure JB would be closer to 75-80%

  • Dan

    Anyone think Google kept 4.3 named Jelly Bean so that “fragmentation” appeared to be less? That and there weren’t very many new features / updates…

    • joejoe5709

      It’s interesting that 4.3 wasn’t numbered as a 4.2.X but no I don’t think it’s weird and I don’t think fragmentation was the motivation. 4.3 was a very very minor release that wouldn’t warrant a name change. They do this all the time. 4.4 is a very major release so they changed the name similar to Jelly Bean even though it’s all based off of ICS. There might even be another minor release in a few months that is a 4.4.X and it’ll still be called KitKat.

  • Shane Redman

    I remember when froyo was a heralded update….

  • Steve B

    Goddammit Gingerbread die, just freaking die already

    • Col_Angus

      Flynn agrees…

  • Andy

    this is one of the worst things about Android and what gives android a bad name. I know a few people that compare their iPhone to their old android phones from a few years ago. No comparison, but a lot of people don’t know how much better the new OS’s are…

    • decidedtochangename

      Do you know 50% of active idevices are not on the latest version of iOS?

      • Chris

        50% of smartphone users dont even know what version they have, let alone care about the version or care about even upgrading…. if it does what it needs for them then they wont upgrade. plain and simple. You can bet a lot of “normal” users were mad aboutb the iOs 7 update, not knowing the update will bring a new look.

      • Andy

        Yeah, but the latest IOS is barely any different. Apple software has been pretty smooth the last few versions. Android only got good the last two years or so.

        • scastro87

          iOS7 is barely different? Really?

          • joejoe5709

            iOS7 is little more than a pretty skin over the same bones.

        • angermeans

          iOS is a completely new OS built from the ground up for 64bit and running on a new particle gaming system. How is much of the same? It is completely different and finally apple has seen the need to update. It only takes a good two min to notice that.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I think their minimum hardware req for 4.4 should be 1ghz cpu and 1gb ram. That’d make these numbers smooth over dates back to the nexus one (512mb ram).

    • Just because you lower the required specs doesn’t mean it would run smoothly.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        “make these numbers smooth over”

    • J Dub

      Pick up one of the Straight Talk Android devices they sell. They are pretty “underpowered”. I have had to help a co-worker with hers on basic functions and what not and it really isn’t that bad. It runs 4.0 rather well with low end specs.

  • hippo

    i wonder how many of the gingerbread people are on tmobile with no subsidized upgrade available. i know my sister is in that situation, and perfectly happy with my old N1.

  • WalkerNA

    Just moved off of my Droid Charge (Gingerbread) to the Moto X a few weeks ago and couldn’t be happier. Well, I guess I could have been happier if I had waited two weeks and was able to take advantage of the “Keep your unlimited data” loop hole but I’m still VERY happy with this phone.

  • Ray Gray

    Apparently there are still a lot of people with phones from 2011 geez.

    • Since most people only upgrade once every 2 years, that sounds right

    • capecodcarl

      What else did you expect with people in 2 year contracts? I bought my Rezound in April 2012 so I’ve got until April of 2014 until I’m out of my contract.

      • Ray Gray

        That makes sense its still early

    • ToddAwesome

      I’ll probably be keeping my GNex until the batch of “next” phones come out in 2014.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        yeah ok.

        • ToddAwesome

          ok, yeah.

      • Steve B

        I’m sorry

        • ToddAwesome

          Don’t be man, the phone simply works. Is the battery atrocious, yes. Do the radios suck, yes. The fact of the matter is it works, almost 2 years into ownership. Coming from the OG Droid that needed to be set on fire after 9 months, I’m more than happy to hold off for the next, next best thing.

          • Steve B

            I hear ya. I rocked it as long as I could stand it and then upgraded to an S3 about three months ago to hold me over until my December 15th contract termination. Then it’s back to Nexus for me on a new carrier.

          • ToddAwesome

            That’s the other reason, still being on unlimited I’m gonna rock this puppy as long as I can. I was too chea….frugal to pull the trigger this weekend, although we did upgrade my wife’s T-bolt, which I think you can agree was more deserving. Eventually it’s either leave Big Red for the Nexus, or struggle through into next year to see what’s on the horizon S5 wise, or whatever else.

          • Steve B

            Yeah, well I’m a little pissed off at Verizon so I’m willing to ditch my unlimited.

            VoLTE could be interesting in the coming year if unlocked devices are allowed. That’s probably the only thing that could ever bring me back to Verizon.

          • ToddAwesome

            fair enough.

          • Funny you mention it. I got a friend who is still rocking the OG Droid since day 1.

      • jab416171

        I just hate how sluggish it is next to the N4.

        • ToddAwesome

          Absolutely, it’s aged tech now, thankfully I’ve been able to keep it fairly clean and running well enough that I’ve kept my wallet closed.

      • joejoe5709

        I’m almost thinking the same thing. If the Nexus 5 doesn’t come to Verizon, I think early 2014 will still have some decent devices such as the GS5.

    • Chris

      Well most people contracts from 2011 are ending this year

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    These Gingerbread numbers really show how many budget junk Android devices exist in the mobile industry. They will never be updated and those numbers will only go lower if people upgrade, you can count on that.

    Sidenote Opinion: Extremely low-budget Android devices should really stop being developed and released. They tarnish a proper Android experience. Rather have someone on a somewhat usable Blackberry/Windows Phone rather than a shoddy Android phone with a single core Mediatek CPU and 512MB RAM (enter lag from hell).

    • Recycler

      I wonder if that chart includes people like me who have given an old device over to a new job. I have my S3 as my daily driver, but my old Droid X is sitting in a dock, stripped of most apps, doing service by my bedside as an alarm clock/weatherstation/radio.
      Why not use my S3 for that? It’s in a case. I have an office downstairs where it and other electronics go to recharge, and the DX on the dock is perfectly positioned for shining light in my face from it’s alarm clock to wake me (I’m mostly deaf).
      So, that chart may be misleading.

      • undercoverduck

        These numbers are derived from the devices that visit the Play Store. So, no, if your DROID X does nothing but function as an alarm, it won’t be calculated into these graphs.

        • moelsen8

          we should all at once break out our OG droids and visit the play store once a day for the entire month of october. see if we can make that froyo number climb!

          • undercoverduck

            You’re a monster

          • jab416171

            I don’t know about you, but my OG Droid is on Gingerbread.

          • zurginator

            Please make this happen – I want to see what Google would say.

        • Recycler

          Ah, makes sense. It does, however, have a FEW apps, and so it does update every now and then, since it still has wifi access. (Being an old DX, I don’t like the standard alarm, etc. :D) Not often, but it does, so I guess it IS included. So, now I’ve answered my question, with your help. Thanks!
          That dovetails with JDub’s comment above about older wifi devices, too.
          (And yeah, I did get a “WTH?” moment a month or so ago when VZW sent out an update for the DX.)

      • Gasaraki

        What the hell??? Have you been raiding my room? I have a DX that’s sitting in a dock, stripped of most apps, and serving as my alarm clock…

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    • Droid Ronin

      I think that these budget devices are necessary for people who can’t afford high end phones and if these phones can only run Gingerbread, then that’s the way it’s going to be. That is, after all, one of the reasons why Android has the majority stake in the world’s mobile market.

      Edit: oh, and there’s really no reason for Honeycomb to still be on the chart since virtually every device that released with Honeycomb should be upgradable to ICS.

    • Kevin Johnson

      The problem isn’t budget phone that can never be upgraded. The problem is carriers are offering phones that are over 2 years old for free with new two year contracts. You can still get a Galaxy S2 on contract at some places. The S4 has been out for months. If manufacturers aren’t going to support a phone 5 years after making it, they shouldn’t keep selling it as it they will.. The problem is that since it’s a “free phone,” they don’t care.

      • Jason356

        This past spring some carriers were still offering GS2 as a free phone for a 2 year contract on very small carriers

    • J Dub

      Or they are older devices still good as wifi only devices. I gave my OG Droid running Gingerbread to my nephew. It’s not worth anything in the market but to a teenage boy it’s golden. Yeah, it doesn’t have service everywhere, but he doesn’t care. He can load games on it to play off wifi and get on Facebook. Set it up with Google Voice and Groove IP and you have a VoIP phone with free texting.

  • Michael Suriel

    Has anyone been able to use the Verizon 30 discount on a Note 3?

    • Ray Gray

      wont work on pre-orders

      • KG

        Do you know if they will honor the coupon code inside the corporate stores? Need to go in to pick up the Note 3 and do some line-swapping to keep the unlimited, but want to save the $90 :/

        • Ray Gray

          you can do a order online and then pick it up at the store.Its easier to just activate the phone and then pop your unlimited data sim card in the phone and your good to go.

          • KG

            Makes sense.. Thanks!

  • MikeSaver

    These charts are always so depressing

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Froyo. Nice.