Android Distribution Updated for August 2015, Lollipop Jumps to 18%

Google took the month of July off, but today, went ahead and updated the Android OS distribution numbers for August.

In the two months since they last updated, Lollipop has seen a sizable jump from 11.6% to over 18%. Other than that, there hasn’t been much movement. KitKat barely moved up to 39.3% (from 39.2%), while Jelly Bean (37.4% to 33.6%), Ice Cream Sandwich (5.1% to 4.1%), and Gingerbread (5.6% to 4.6%) all dropped.  (more…)

Friday Poll: What Version of Android is Your Phone Running?

Earlier this week, Google updated its Android distribution numbers, showing that only a small group of users, at about 12%, are running the latest version of the OS available. Lollipop was released last year, and now that we are creeping towards the half of 2015, we would have hoped to see that number a bit higher.

Regardless, there are a lot of versions of Android still out in the wild, with plenty of ‘mid-range’ and even some ‘high-end’ models of phones running Jelly Bean and Kit Kat. Our question today is, what version of Android is your current smartphone running?

To see what version of Android you are on, head into Settings, About Phone, Software Info, then you should see exactly what your phone is running.

What version of Android is your phone running?

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Chrome 42 Update Will be Last for Ice Cream Sandwich Users

In a post published on the Chromium Blog, Google announced it is bringing an end to Chrome updates for users of Ice Cream Sandwich. While ICS users can still use Chrome even after support dies, the Chrome team states that, “Developing new features on older phones has become increasingly challenging, and supporting ICS takes time away from building new experiences on the devices owned by the vast majority of our users.”  (more…)

Android Distribution Updated for January 2015 – Kit Kat Jumps to 39%

The Android platform distribution were updated this morning for the first time in 2015 with Kit Kat (Android 4.4) showing a nice jump from 33.9% in the previous month to 39.1%. The rest of the versions of Android all dropped, just like they have been for months. Jelly Bean is down to 46% (from 48.7%), Ice Cream Sandwich to 6.7%, and Gingerbread to 7.8%.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Which version of Android is your phone running?

We know that not everyone here owns a Nexus device or new Moto X and has been basking in the beauty of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” for a couple of weeks. And since that is the case, that means that a lot of you are probably running Kit Kat or maybe even Jelly Bean (hopefully, nothing older). But, because this is Droid Life and we like to find out for sure through polls, we are going to do that now with a simple question of, “Which version of Android is your phone running?”

As the numbers roll in, it should be interesting to see how an Android community compares to Google’s official distribution numbers. On December 1, Google updated the numbers, showing KitKat at 33.9%, Jelly Bean at 48.7%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 7.8%, and Gingerbread at 9.1%. I would venture to guess that these will be much different. Still, let’s see!

Which version of Android is your phone running?

  • KitKat (61%, 8,276 Votes)
  • Lollipop (35%, 4,703 Votes)
  • Jelly Bean (3%, 338 Votes)
  • Gingerbread (1%, 69 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 55 Votes)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (0%, 49 Votes)

Total Voters: 13,490

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Android Distribution Updated for December 2014, Kit Kat Up to 34%

The Android distribution numbers were updated today to show the continue rise in share of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” While no longer the newest version of Android, Android 4.4 does not account for over a third of Android devices, weighing in at 33.9% (up from 30.2% in November). The rest of the versions have fallen, with Jelly Bean (Android 4.3) dropped to 48.7%, which is down from the 50.9% it sat at last month.  (more…)

Android Distribution Updated for September 2014 – Kit Kat Closes in on 25%

The Android team updated the platform’s distribution numbers today for the month of September, showing continued growth in Kit Kat (Android 4.4+). The newest version of Android now sits at 24.5%, up from 20.9% in August. The rest of the versions of Android have all declined – Jelly Bean (53.8% from 54.2%), Ice Cream Sandwich (9.6% from 10.6%), Gingerbread (11.4% from 13.6%), and Froyo (0.7%).

Last month’s numbers can be found here(more…)

Android Distribution Updated for June 2014 – Kit Kat Jumps to Almost 14%

Google updated their Android distribution numbers today, showing a big jump for Kit Kat (Android 4.4+) to 13.6%, up from the 8.5% we saw in May. Jelly Bean, on the other hand, saw a drop to 58.4% from 60.8%. The rest of the older Android builds fell as well, like Ice Cream Sandwich which now sits at 12.3%, Gingerbread at 14.9%, and Froyo at 0.8%.

Honeycomb is now no longer listed. Throw your bad self a party, 3.0.

And that’s that.  (more…)