Android Dashboard Details Show Limited Jelly Bean Deployment, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread Still Dominate

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It's been more than six months since Google first introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it's taken that long to break the 10 percent barrier in Android market share. According to the Android Developers Dashboard, Jelly Bean is now installed on 10.2 percent of all Android devices that have accessed Google Play within the past two weeks.

That's either promising or depressing, depending on your outlook. Essentially one out of every 10 Android devices is rocking Jelly Bean, and if you own one, then you have reason to grin. But if you're like the majority, your device has either been abandoned by the manufacturer and your wireless carrier, or you're waiting patiently for a Jelly Bean update that you thought would be here by now.

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Source: Android Developers Dashboard

Nearly half of all Android users are still stuck on Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x), which is installed on 47.6 percent of all Android devices. If you toss Froyo (Android 2.2), Eclair (Android 2.1), and Donut (Android 1.6) into the mix, the combined market share jumps to 59.2 percent. Put another away, less than half of all Android users are running a version of Android that's even remotely current.

The only build that comes close to having a significant share of the market is Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x), which is installed on 29.1 percent of all Android devices.

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It doesn't help that Google is having a tough time fulfilling orders for its Nexus 4, an unlocked and relatively affordable smartphone running a pure version of Jelly Bean.

Sound off, Android users -- which version of Google's open source operating system are you running these days?
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RWilliams replied on Fri, Jan 4 2013 11:52 AM

I find it humorous that The Verge claims Ubuntu's phone can never succeed due to its slower roll-out of releases, yet this is what happens when a company can release regularly. I find it a sad thing that if your Android device is more than a year old, it's pure luck if you actually get more upgrades.

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sevags replied on Fri, Jan 4 2013 1:59 PM

It just seems that android is going to be fragmented for the foreseeable future. When it comes to updates iOS is still king, let's see how wp8 does since wp7/7.5 didn't fare too well with updates either, while android is horrible waiting months for an update that has already been replaced by the time most get to download it and some devices never getting an update.

Google REALLY needs to put a stop to custom UI's not only does it fragment user experience but it prevents timely upgrades.

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karanm replied on Fri, Jan 4 2013 7:20 PM

Got ICS on my HTC one X, and im pretty happy with it for now. I might leapfrog Jelly bean and get the next OS that comes out.

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