Nearly Half of All Android Devices Have Jumped to Jelly Bean

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It's been a little over a year since Google's original Nexus 7 tablet introduced Jelly Bean to the market, and though it was initially slow to roll out to more device, it's now found on nearly half of all Android devices around the world, according to Google's Developers Dashboard. Unfortunately, the bulk of those installations are Android 4.1.x, the original version of Jelly Bean that's now found on 36.5 percent of Android devices, versus the latest build, Android 4.3, which is found on only 1.5 percent of Android gadgets. Sitting in between is Android 4.2.x with a 10.6 percent share of the Android market.

That means that the vast majority of Android users, including those on Jelly Bean, are missing out on the latest features, some of which include virtual surround sound, OpenGL ES 3.0 and the various optimizations that make Android run faster, autocomplete on the dial pad, location detection through Wi-Fi without turning on Wi-Fi all the time, restricted profiles, and a few other tidbits.

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Interesting, the second most used version of Android is Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3 to 2.3.7), which is now several generations old. The reason is because there are still a lot of lower end devices being sold, as well as dated smartphones that have long been forgotten by their manufacturer and wireless carrier.

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Looking ahead, the next major release of Android is KitKat (Android 4.4), or the operating system previously known as Key Lime Pie. KitKat is rumored to launch later this month with support for wireless NFC payments, Miracast, a redesigned camera UI, and more.
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Kitkit lol I think that's a typo

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RBloch replied on Thu, Oct 3 2013 12:18 PM

kitkat is key lime pie. They changed the name.

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sevags replied on Thu, Oct 3 2013 7:22 PM

I think this is just misleading PR from google. This article makes it sound as though JellyBean as been rolled out as an update to phones where market share has grown from a year ago to today. This is not true at all. The launch of the Galaxy S4 and all its iterations, HTC One, Nexus4, not to mention the miriad of Phablets, etc, is really the cause for why there are so many more Jellybean devices out there than a year ago. That market share growth is mainly from the sale of new hardware and not the upgrade of old hardware, which is another reason why such a large portion of the market is still running gingerbread.

This isn't to say that google is still doing horrible but it just isn't there yet when it comes to upgrades where some devices never get the update and those that do often get the release so late that people are either no longer interested in the update or have simply bought a new device already at that point.

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sevags:

I think this is just misleading PR from google. This article makes it sound as though JellyBean as been rolled out as an update to phones where market share has grown from a year ago to today. This is not true at all. The launch of the Galaxy S4 and all its iterations, HTC One, Nexus4, not to mention the miriad of Phablets, etc, is really the cause for why there are so many more Jellybean devices out there than a year ago. That market share growth is mainly from the sale of new hardware and not the upgrade of old hardware, which is another reason why such a large portion of the market is still running gingerbread.

This isn't to say that google is still doing horrible but it just isn't there yet when it comes to upgrades where some devices never get the update and those that do often get the release so late that people are either no longer interested in the update or have simply bought a new device already at that point.

you got it and many of us with these newer phones would have been perfectly happy if the devices we upgraded from were still supported by Google and receiving updates. To be honest if you have a 2 year old phone and the manufacturer stops supporting it that's Ok but if the devive is less than a year old and no longer supported that is complete BS.

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