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Android Distribution Numbers Update for January 2014 – Jelly Bean Closing in on 60%

Google finally updated its Android distribution numbers today, showing that Jelly Bean has jumped up to almost 60% (59.1%) and Kit Kat to 1.4%. We are also seeing decreases in Ice Cream Sandwich (16.9%) and Gingerbread (21.2%) numbers, something the “fragmentation” champions will certainly be fans of. 

And that’s pretty much that. We now sit back and watch as Android 4.4 slowly rises and the older versions decline. For the foreseeable future, expect Jelly Bean to remain king.

Here are last month’s numbers for reference.

Via:  Android Developers
  • Are region specific numbers ever posted?

  • Daniel Dlugos

    I’d really like to know the breakdown excluding countries like China and other “2nd world” markets that seem to thrive on cheap Android hardware.

  • Cakefiend

    You’re right, we need an entry-level equivalent to the Moto G — let’s hope that Google/Motorola have also reached this conclusion and have something on the drawing board.

    • Nikuliai

      tbh I have higher hopes on asus on that, Motorola already sacrifices profit on their 2 icons, it would be too much to have an entry level gift to us, Asus and Intel on the other hand, are both players that need to make a name for themselves, so they could show something interesting with their zenphone brand, who looks kinda promesing imo, I really hope we see new players on this market 😛

  • Michael Bell

    Congratulations Android users! 60% of phones are finally running an OS thats a year and a half old! Meanwhile, even old iPhones are running the brand new version of iOS. Android is such a joke.

    • Nikuliai

      Old phones (hell, even the 4s) can’t handle iOS7 on a decent way, they’re better not upgrading, which is the same case of the low end devices on Android, the situation could change with KitKat tho, but who knows.

      Btw, go troll somewhere else 🙂

      • Michael Bell

        The point is, all iPhones get the new OS updates the same as the brand new ones. Something you will never see with Android. Hell, only 2% of Android phones are running the current OS. Brand new phones are coming with a year and a half old OS. Like I said, it’s a joke.

        • Nikuliai

          the iPhones are all manufactored by apple, and they have like 10 devices, the situation is similar if you compare it to the Nexus brand, otherwise is like saying windows has too much fragmentation cuz people still use windows 98 on some offices.

          PS: you could actually see that someday, starting with Kitkat, problem is, most manufcators won’t upgrade either, and that’s not Google’s fault, that’s the problem of making the system open, any idiot can use it

        • TheMotto

          Just because an iPhone 4 is on iOS7 doesnt mean it can do the same thing as an iPhone 5s though. They might be on the same “OS” but they really aren’t. Compared it would be like two android phones being on the same OS version but running different API levels.

    • jimbob

      And the Android phones running anything newer than Gingerbread are already more capable than the IPhones running iOS7.

  • Bharath Kannan

    Looking at the posts from all the previous months, you can witness the crawling death of gingerbread. Can’t believe there are still so many sub 4.0 devices out there

    • Chris

      many are due for an upgrade this year

  • James Briano

    20% still on Gingerbread? That’s just sad.

    • MicroNix

      Some people get all the use they can get out of a phone. Nothing wrong with that. Just a smart consumer and not a tech head.

      • Keith Taylor

        To be totally honest I just got my G2 last month…before that Captivate S first month it was out….I just never saw reason to upgrade til it went dead on me. I like tech but things have to represent value to me. This upgrade actually felt significant to me. Getting the G2 for a penny did that. Yes I know I am a two year contact but so are most folks I know. I will keep my G2 for three years as well and it upgrade will be significant just like this one was.

  • donkeykong85

    glad to see most users are running an OS that I had 2 years ago.

    • Michael Bell

      Thats Android for you…

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    As soon as Samsung pushes kitkat we should see a big jump.the other reason kitkat is low is because of my cousin always pressing install later. I wonder how many others.

    • Chris

      as soon as everyone pushes kit kat

  • Jeff C

    I feel sorry for the 1.3% still on Froyo… Android has come a very long way.

  • AndroidUser

    Can someone please explain to me why it’s Gingerbread that’s so popular instead of Honeycomb? Do some of the older phones not have the option of updating to Honeycomb or something? Just curious

    • Cesar

      Honeycomb is tablet exclusive.

    • Chris

      Honeycomb is for tablets only.

    • King Lo

      Honeycomb is terrible.

    • Nikuliai

      Until Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) Android had 2 indepentant platforms where:

      Gingerbread: Exclusive to phones
      Honeycomb: Exclusive to tablets

      Only a while ago they started sharing the OS, so tecnically 2.3 and 3.0 are the same thing, but for a different platform (and with different UI), so on the low end devices having HC or GB are on the same ship, its on the “my phone can’t do better” category 😛

  • Ian Smith

    why is “fragmentation” in quotes?

    • Chris

      Because its what us android users still face. If you think otherwise then you are clueless and shouldnt be sing the android platform

      • Ian Smith

        Then why would it be in quotations dingus?

      • TheMotto

        No if you think fragmentation is still relevant YOU my good sir are clueless. Google are moving more and more API’s to Google Play Services (you know the app on your phone that uses way more battery than you think it should and has more control over your phone than you do (but well that is because that little app is what makes your smartphone smart)) meaning that phones on Gingerbread are running the same Google Play Services API’s as KitKat. Anything on API level 10 and up are supported by Google Play Services. Ohh and Google just improved battery life on all devices from API level 10 and uphttp://www.androidpolice.com/2014/01/09/google-play-services-4-1-begins-rollout-with-turn-based-multiplayer-new-google-drive-api-preview-and-more/

        Fragmentation my bare ass!

  • Inquizitor

    This isn’t such a victory against the fragmentation argument because “Jelly Bean” is three distinct versions and API levels. You can’t just group them together because they had the same codename and say “look, 60% of users are on the same OS!”

    • Eric R.

      There’s a chart next to the graph you know.

      • Inquizitor

        I’m aware, and I’m pointing out that the chart provided disproves the misleading headline.

    • Cakefiend

      As I understand it, it’s a lot easier to develop an app that runs well across all the 4.x versions, than to develop an app which runs on (say) 2.3 and 4.0. Perhaps some passing app developer could comment on this…

      • Inquizitor

        From my (admittedly limited) development experience, you’re right, and I’m not arguing that Android is by any means a fragmented mess. Most of the time you can develop with a minimum API level of 15 (ICS) and you’re good. I’m more just pointing out how disingenuous it is to say that Jelly Bean is 60%.

      • BrandonWhite116

        Yes this is very true, it is also much easier to develop for 4.1 and up rather than 4.0 and up. But 4.1 to 4.4 are pretty much the same with a few exceptions like immersive mode and the transparent status bar.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Why won’t you die Gingerbread.

    • msft

      It’s like the Windows XP of Android

  • Everyone is focusing on Gingerbread but the real question is
    HONEYCOMB….. last time was .1% and it’s .1% again….

    • Kevin

      All those 1st gen Google TV owners. I know because I have 3 in my house and use them all the time. We’re stuck on Honeycomb and aren’t going to receive an update to jelly bean like the 2nd gen Google TV owners. Google TV isn’t just an old phone you can thrown away it’s works plenty fine. Although I’m not going to purchase another Google TV until Google realizes the direction they’re going with their products like the nexus q, chromecast, miracast etc.

  • jamaall

    Happy to own 2 devices which both run Kit Kat… Droid MAXX and Nexus 7

  • Omar Amer

    more people using Gingerbread than ICS? anyone else find that strange?

    • JoeTi

      I would need a source to back this up, but I believe the kindle fires run a variation of gingerbread. Anyone know this?

      • Douglas Jones

        I believe the original Kindle Fire ran Gingerbread, the Kindle Fire HD ran Ice Cream Sandwich, and the current one runs Jelly Bean. None of that really matters though since those devices aren’t included in this chart.

      • Nate Bousfield

        The older ones do, but they aren’t included in these numbers because whatever convoluted fork of Android they’re running doesn’t check into the Google Play servers.

      • zepfloyd

        Kindles are not counted at all. They do not run the Play Store where these stats come from. Only the original fire was based on 2.3, the HD was ICS, and new ones run Fire OS 3 based on 4.2. The fact that GB is larger than ICS isn’t that surprising, many ICS devices are/were JB upgradeable in some form. Many of the 2.3 devices out there are not, and won’t ever be….not to mention a ton of them are low to midrange phones used by people that don’t care about upgrades and use their phones for a while.

    • King Lo

      Most ICS hardware is upgradeable to Jelly Bean and thus has been. The same can’t be said of gingerbread to ICS.

  • Nick V

    Where is the number for the 4.4.x series? There are distinctions in past versions with both being GB and ICS

    • zepfloyd

      There’s no need to break them out as they are all the same API level. This is first and foremost a developer chart.

  • Destroythanet

    LOL why is it taking Gingerbread so long to die?

    • King Lo

      Because there is a lot of crap out there running GB. ICS won’t run on the cheaper hardware packages.

    • Kevin

      When poor people die gingerbread dies.

      • John Legere

        You mean when Samsung dies.

    • symbolset
      • Nikuliai

        just in case you didn’t noticed, you posted a link from a tablet who runs 3.0 -Honeycomb-, Gingerbread is 2.3, the phone version at that point

        • symbolset

          Thanks and sorry. Pasted the wrong link. The description below even says Android 4.0.3 now. There are still dozens of Gingerbread tablets and phones for sale new on Amazon though.

    • Nikuliai

      GB is the OS for the cheapest phones (1 core, less than 512mb ram, etc), which is the phone people get when they can’t afford (or doesn’t care enough) to pay 200+ bucks on a phone, and that’s a lot of people, especially on starting markets :B

      • Cakefiend

        Look at this beauty, the BLU Dash JR: http://www.gsmarena.com/blu_dash_jr-5662.php . 256MB RAM, 320×480 display, single-core Cortex A5, released September 2013! Even GB must run like a dog on that thing…

        • occono

          I was using a Galaxy Mini (Not the S3/S4 branded ones. Just “Galaxy Mini”) until this christmas, got a Moto G. Look at that. 😛

          • Cakefiend

            Looking up the specs, I see your Galaxy Mini still had 50% more RAM than the BLU Dash JR. I’m not too surprised that lots of people are still using GB devices. What I didn’t realize till I read Nikuliai’s comment is that manufacturers are still releasing them. I guess they’re competing with the super-low-end 256MB Windows and Tizen Lite phones, and there’s no way to shoehorn Kit Kat into 256MB.

    • Cakefiend

      Presumably because a lot of people (like me) find that it works fine for them and have no motivation to upgrade. ICS is available for my handset, and with Cyanogenmod I could get JB or Kit Kat, but so far the payoff is insufficient for the time it would take to do the upgrade and reinstall all my apps.

      • DRaY

        i have friends with Galaxy S2 and they dont upgrade, why?? because they dont care.

    • Michael Bell

      Because the majority of Android phones sold are junk phones in 3rd world countries who never update their phones. People living in near poverty aren’t really concerned what version of Android their crap phone is running.

  • soccerburn55

    Something satisfying about knowing I got Kit Kat on my Moto X on Verizon faster than my brother who had a nexus 7

    • AbbyZFresh

      KitKat doesn’t even run that well on mine. I got bugs all over.

      • jimt

        It works fine on my Nexus 5.

        • John Legere

          That’s because it’s the native software

    • jimt

      Verizon wanted to stop or slow the flow of people to Tmo and AT&T because of the Nexus 5. But yes my Nexus 7 took forever to get Kit Kat. I even side loaded it and it was still late at that point.

  • Jason Brown

    just a random thought that came to me. does rooting and roming alter these numbers? just wondering if google considers a gnex running cm 11 in the 1.4%.

    • zepfloyd

      Yes they would

      • Jason Brown

        thanks for letting me know!

    • terrorist96

      Up vote just because of your avatar 🙂

  • Richard Giordano

    Taste tht sweet Kitkat – DROID MAXX owners.

    • ShittieWok

      Has anyone been able to once again pull the 4.4 update on their Maxx recently?

      • Ej McCarty

        My girlfriend still hasn’t gotten it. I just checked once I saw people posting about it. They’re most likely sideloading it

      • Lucky Armpit

        Nope, me neither. Still waiting on KitKat.

  • Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat OS – Droid Maxx owners.

    • Richard Giordano


    • Fahad Beg

      and Moto X and G owners

    • JoeTi

      You’re welcome to join the party…root is more complicated, but it flies on my Maxx.