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Android Distribution Numbers for November: Jelly Bean Creeps Over 50% Mark

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Over the weekend, the Android team posted the latest round of data collection for their Android distribution chart. Last month we saw Jelly Bean finally creeping towards having a 50% share, a mark that seems to have taken forever to reach. This month, they did indeed crack the 50% mark, with 52.1% of Android devices now running Android 4.1+. Of course, this news comes a day after Google’s announcement of Kit Kat (Android 4.4), so while Jelly Bean adoption has risen, we’ll get to watch the slow incline of Kit Kat for the next two years.

Ice Cream Sandwich dropped to 19.8% from 20.6%, Gingerbread to 26.3% from 28.5%, and Froyo and Honeycomb are hanging on for dear life.

Via:  Android Developers

  • jimbob

    What I find funny about the comparison between iOS and Android is that users on Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich have many features which were added to iOS in just the last couple of versions. So, even though fragmentation is a problem, its not a huge problem because the newest versions of Android allow users to have features that the iPhone will get next year or the year after and the older versions are nearly on-par with Apple’s latest offerings.

    • AbbyZFresh

      It’s funny. Even 2.3. Gingerbread still has more features than iOS 7. It’ls sad really,

      • Daistaar

        Not at all. That’s pure fanboyism right there. Even as a joke it falls flat. Android as a whole destroys iOS everywhere but enterprise, but to say Gingerbread is up there is just asinine.

        • George

          iOS has any kind of file management??

          In terms of certain capabilities, even android v1.5 cupcake beats iOS7 😉

  • Tom

    Wow, Gingerbread still has a strong following!

    • AbbyZFresh

      In the develping world that is.

  • i5S

    Meanwhile in iOS world… never mind. Nobody wants to hear it.

  • joejoe5709

    Well. That’s certainly looking better and better! I hope many of the phones on Jelly Bean will upgrade to Kit Kat so that we don’t end up with another Gingerbread. But at this rate, even Gingerbread is going to hang around another 9-10 months. That’s pretty sad.

  • MikeSaver

    These are still depressing, 26% for Gingerbeard is so sad.

  • Even though they are all classified as Jelly Bean, they are different OS versions. The fact that only 2.3% had the latest OS as of this survey is sad 🙁

    • Simon Belmont

      That should jump up next month. Lots of HTC One handsets (and some Samsung phones) are getting Android 4.3 now or already have it.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if it was double by next month. Maybe that’s a moonshot, though.

      • Still, 5% is pretty low lol

        • Simon Belmont

          It is, yes. I agree with you.

          But that’s how adoption of new versions of Android works. Dribs and drabs, mostly thanks to OEMs needing to optimize their skins and slow carrier testing.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Let’s be honest here. There wasn’t much of a major change from 4.1. to 4.3.

      That’ls why they are all classified as Jelly Bean. Google only changes the name if there are major changes coming.

  • RustyTechGuy

    I am still curious as to who still uses Honeycomb shouldn’t it be done for by now.

    • Simon Belmont

      Sadly. People that couldn’t get their OEM to update their tablet to ICS (or JB).

      The main problem was the Tegra 2 didn’t support NEON, and newer versions of Android kinda need it. So, folks are left behind.

    • Pedro

      It’s probably some folks re-setting their XOOM.
      HWI is the latest factoy image available from Motorola.

  • Jake

    If I didn’t have apps that stopped working when the OS was updated from one .x version of Jelly Bean to another .x version of Jelly Bean, then I’d be cool with this report. However, I did have such problems, so I find it disingenuous to lump them together as a means of combating the “fragmentation” argument. Google (and now Moto) is doing the right thing by making it so that some apps can be updated through the Play Store and Google Play Services, etc., thus bypassing the carriers and manufacturers. However, KitKat demonstrates that there are still fundamental things that can only be updated though the current channel. As long as that continues to be the case, Android will still have more devices that are on older versions of the OS than are on the most current version.

  • TMKvamme

    What percentage do we have to reach before people stop blaming everything on fragmentaiton?

    • Simon Belmont

      Um. 100%?

      Haha. I know that’s impossible, but it seems like that would be the only number that would shut the fragmentation hounds up.

      • Daistaar

        To be fair not even iOS is anywhere near there. Their saving grace is that the hardware is near identical amongst their devices. If you look at iOS though it’s not that dissimiliar; iOS 4.3, 5.1, 6.1, 7.0. You have iPads that can’t go above iOS5 and similiar with phones and iPods. I do agree with your statement though lol.

        • Simon Belmont

          Yeah. I know iOS isn’t 100%. My wife’s iPod Touch 2G is on iOS 3 still because iOS 4 sucked on it. Hehe. 😉

          When I said 100%, I knew it was impossible to attain. But, in a fictional world, it certainly would be a number that the fragmentation folks wouldn’t be able to attack. 🙂

          • Daistaar

            Agreed! That’s the magic number lol. I’d love that too. It would make it so much easier for me from a support stand point as I currently have a policy where I’ve rejected any Android devices below ICS on our corporate network.

            On a sidenote, I loved you in Castlevania! Boy do I miss my NES and Saturday morning cartoons in 89 LOL

          • Simon Belmont

            Another Castlevania fan! Yes!

            I’ve been a fan, literally, since the 80s! Yes, the vain Simon Belmont from the Captain N and the Game Masters cartoon was hilarious!

        • michael arazan

          Look at mac book pros, my friends have then from 3 different years, the earliest with a 2.3 gh processor and all three have different versions of os x on them and all say currently up to date. Apple could care less about updating their other hardware even though they all could run the current version it seems. Just my observation.

    • Jimmyjammer

      sadly the increase in jb is more to do with new sales rather than hardware getting updated. All four phones in my household have yet to see 4.2, 4.3, and lets not even talk about 4.4
      but who am I kidding, no one in here is allowed to be critical of android.

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  • EC8CH

    Whatever Jellybean… My G-Nex and I have moved onto Kit-Kat:


    Thanks baldwinguy77

    • Greg Morgan

      I flashed that as well. Brought new life to the Gnex. Doesn’t freeze up as much so far. Battery still sucks, but that’s to be expected. lol

      • EC8CH

        Other than the gpu bug that causes blacked out fields and reboots, it runs well for me.

        Hopefully he gets those squashed, then 4.4 will be money on the ole G-Nex.

        • joejoe5709

          I couldn’t get my texts imported to Hangouts. Any ideas?

  • jackwagoner

    Obvious question time: How in the world is it possible that over 25% of Android phone users are still on Gingerbread?

    That’s like 25% of PC users still stuck on Windows XP.

    • meijin3

      Low-cost phones in emerging markets.

    • Stnkycheezman

      Except that XP was legit and was better than its successor (Vista). But I get what you’re saying. I think a lot of people don’t care as much about new tech and phones compared to peeps that are on this site. So they can’t justify dropping another 2-3 hundos on something to them is just a phone when they already have one. Just ask my parents, my wife’s parents, and even some of my friends if it’s worth an upgrade?

    • Big_EZ

      Do you really think there’s not still 25% of users on XP? Most people don’t buy new computers every couple of years, and many businesses are sticking to XP until they have to upgrade. These people aren’t stuck on XP like the Gingerbread users are stuck, but many still run XP.

    • WalkerNA

      My Droid Charge was stuck on Gingerbread with ZERO support for anything newer because of the radios (including online Dev teams). It wasn’t until September that I upgraded to my Moto X and could move onto to Jelly Bean goodness. I’m sure there are other phones with that issue as well where the non-tech savvy people would have picked up in addition to cheap-o Android Tablets that lost support within 3 months of it’s release.

      I also am a WinXP Media user at home. Of course, that’s because it would cost me money to upgrade to Win7 and I belong to the “If Windows is working successfully, don’t change a damn thing” club.

    • There are far more than 25% of Windows users still on XP.

    • Zach Armstrong

      There are also a lot of budget prepaid Android phones that are being sold that are running Gingerbread

    • Eric

      I have a Droid X on Verizon from 2010. Because I have unlimited data, I have been waiting to upgrade to a phone I like well enough to pay full price for. HTC One was my desired one, but Verizon took forever to release it;I wasn’t willing to purchase it with the Moto X and LG G2 close to release. Right now, I’m waiting for official word from LG as to their upgrade plans for the G2 before I make a final decision. I don’t feel a need to download apps to my phone. The fact that it’s on Gingerbread doesn’t really affect me.

      • Simon Belmont

        My sister had a Droid X until a week or two ago. She finally upgraded to a Galaxy Note 3.

        I think she would have kept the Droid X if the screen hadn’t stopped working. Haha.

  • Adam Truelove

    In 2 years, Jelly Bean will be the new Gingerbread.

    • TeeJay1100

      In 1 year, Jellybean and KitKat will dominate the OS.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Not even close. Kit Kat only just came out a few days ago.

        And look how long it took JB to reach over 50%. It will take awhile. Especially since its clear Gingerbread is still around hanging strong.

        • TeeJay1100

          KitKat was designed to be the bridge of older hardware devices. I don’t think it will Take that long.

    • aQuickBit

      In 2 years Gingerbread will still be the new Gingerbread.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Gingerbread = Windows XP of the mobile Android world.