Jelly Bean is now on more than half of Android devices, Gingerbread still lingering

by Justin Herrick on
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Who says Android’s fragmentation isn’t going away! According to new distribution numbers from Google, Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean is now running on more than 50% of Android devices. Last month, Jelly Bean sat just under 50%; however, they have finally crossed that illustrious mark. Another good sign is that Ice Cream Sandwich declined from last month, likely meaning many OEMs are pushing software updates to existing devices.

There’s still one lingering problem. Android’s Gingerbread, what the operating system looked like before Ice Cream Sandwich’s overhaul, has a huge chunk of the pie. Gingerbread remains on 26% of devices. These are likely lower-end devices or older devices that just don’t have the power to run a fresher version of Android. But with Android 4.4 Kit Kat also aimed at devices with little RAM, Android’s fragmentation could become less of an issue.

Source: Google Developers Dashboard
Via: Android Police

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  • Zzzz25

    The gingerbread problem will not disappear as manufacturers are never ever going to upgrade older devices but rather upgrade newer devices only such as the Samsung S4 to push sales. Really no point in mentioning that 4.4 will support the older devices when these phones are long forgotten by manufacturers. Sure there may be custom roms available but most of that 26,3% of gingerbread users aren’t geeks and don’t even know what rooting is! And not everyone likes custom roms as so many lack essential apps and features or bloatware from the original rom such as a stock file manager or FM radio (regardless of third party apps – Let’s not get technical, I’m making a point here!)