Android Distribution Updated for February 2016: Hey, Marshmallow Hits 1%!

Google updated its Android distribution numbers this morning for the month of February, showing minor adoption of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In fact, Android 6.0 jumped from just 0.7% the month prior to 1.2%. That seems, at least to me, like pretty slow movement to the newest version of Android after almost four months of it being available. And when consider the fact that Android 6.0 was released as developer previews as early as last May, you have to wonder what is taking the world so long to update to it.  (more…)

Android Distribution Updated for October 2015 – Lollipop Up to 23.5%

Google updated its Android Distribution numbers for the month of October, showing a slight bump in the number of phones running Android 5.0+ Lollipop to 23.5%. Last month, Lolli sat at 21% on the dot.

As for the other numbers, every other version is down, which makes sense as phones adopt new versions of Android:  Kit Kat 38.9% (39.2%), Jelly Bean 30.2% (31.8%), Ice Cream Sandwich 3.4% (3.7%), Gingerbread 3.8% (4.1%), and Froyo 0.2% (0.2%).  (more…)

Android Distribution Updated for September 2015 – Lollipop on 21% of Devices

Google updates its Android distribution numbers for September 2015 this morning, showing a jump for Lollipop (Android 5.0+) from 18.1% to 21%. While no where near 50% or a number that would make Apple and Tim Cook angry, we are closing in on the quarter mark. Hey, it’s something!

As for the rest of the Android versions, KitKat sits at 39.2%, Jelly Bean 31.8%, Ice Cream Sandwich 3.7%, Gingerbread 4.1%, and Froyo 0.2%.  (more…)

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…)