Android Jelly Bean Penetration Up Nearly Three-Fold Since Beginning of Year - HotHardware
Android Jelly Bean Penetration Up Nearly Three-Fold Since Beginning of Year

Android Jelly Bean Penetration Up Nearly Three-Fold Since Beginning of Year

At the beginning the year, it was easy to complain about Jelly Bean's slow roll into the Android market, which at the time was still being dominated by Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x), an aging version of Google's open source operating system found on 47.6 percent of all Android devices. Now here we are at the halfway mark and things are looking up for Jelly Bean, though Gingerbread still rules the roost.

Pulling data from the Android Developers Dashboard, which looks at devices that have visited the Google Play Store in the past 14 days, Gingerbread is still in the lead, though its share of Android devices has fallen to 38.5 percent. Jelly Bean has picked up the slack, and then some, by climbing to 28.4 percent, up nearly three-fold from the meager 10.2 percent share of the market it held at the beginning of January.

Android Chart
Source: Google

While Gingerbread finds itself in a fairly steady slide, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x) is much slower to melt away from the market place. In January, ICS was installed on 29.1 percent of all Android devices, and today it's still clinging to 27.5 percent. The easy explanation is that mobile phone makers and wireless carriers are dragging their feet when it comes to upgrading existing devices to Jelly Bean, but are quick to promote new handsets already rocking the latest and greatest version of Android.

LG Optimus G Jelly Bean

The good news here is that if we combine Jelly Bean and ICS, we find that 55.9 percent of Android users are sitting pretty with a current or semi-current version of the OS. Back in January, such users represented just 39.3 percent of the Android market.

Are you using an Android device? If so, which version of Android do you have?
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OS comparison is really more of a comparison of active phones. Since the manufacturers have been terrible in providing OS updates, most of us are stuck with whatever Android version the phone shipped with. - terribly disappointed.

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I'm on android 4.2.2, but that's because I have the nexus 4. My wife has the galaxy S2 running 4.0.4. I know its a aging device, but it's still being sold by Boost were I bought it so I still feel it's kind of a shaft to not upgrade it. I might install cyanogenmod on it or something.

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That's the beauty of Android, so many ROMs to choose from. :)

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Yeah, that's what I love about it. I've tried a few roms. I could even try out the Ubuntu OS on this Nexus. It's not even close to be ready for daily use though.

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Can't help wondering if this is the result of Google starting to exert some subtle (?) pressure on manufacturers regarding updates ; after all, one of the most common complaints about Android phones is just how difficult it is to get updates. Improving this situation would go a long way towards increasing customer satisfaction....

Henri

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