Android distribution numbers for April proudly display KitKat breaking 5%

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The latest version of Android is on the rise. Last month, Android 4.4 KitKat sat around 2.5% and that number has doubled since to 5.3%! As more flagship devices running KitKat have yet to be released, May and June will likely see rather large increases. Also, some older devices are going to be getting KitKat as well. Its predecessor, Jelly Bean, saw just a minor drop in percentage points.

Thankfully, older versions of Android are seeing declines. Gingerbread dropped 1.2% and somehow Honeycomb is clinging on for dear life. At some point this year, I do expect Honeycomb to let go. A version like Ice Cream Sandwich can stick around a little bit longer since its core does resemble more recent versions; however, updates to Jelly Bean are still expected.

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Latest Android distribution numbers show KitKat rising at a slow pace, gets 2.5% of the pie

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Compared to last month, the latest Android distribution numbers are something to be proud of in March. In all of the right areas, there were increases and decreases. Most importantly, Android 4.4 KitKat grew .7% to 2.5%. This will likely ramp up next month as many flagships are now starting to receive KitKat. And in two or threw months, it should gain some significant traction as newer flagships will ship with the latest version of Android.

Now it is time to talk about the rest of the versions. As for Gingerbread, it thankfully continues to fall. Last month it had a 20% stake and that has dropped to 19%. Jelly Bean, however, experience very slight growth. Somehow Honeycomb, Android’s initial tablet operating system version, is clinging on to dear life at .1%. By the release of next month’s numbers, I fully expect Honeycomb to be a thing of the past.

Source: Android Developers

Android distribution numbers show Jelly Bean, KitKat rise as Gingerbread slowly fades

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Compared to last month’s numbers, Android’s distribution has not changed too much. Android 4.4 KitKat is slowly rising while 4.1.x Jelly Bean has almost reached 60%. Ice Cream Sandwich, which was Android’s last major redesign, has dropped a few ticks. But the real annoyance comes from Gingerbread. It is still lingering around. It dropped about 3% since last month — nothing too amazing. It’s just good to see the numbers shift towards Jelly Bean and KitKat.

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

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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.

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Latest Android distribution shows Jelly Bean up to 37.9%, Ice Cream Sandwich slides to 23%

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It’s that time of the month when we get to see how well different versions of Android are doing, and the numbers look pretty good for Jelly Bean. Last month, Jelly Bean devices accounted for 33% of Android devices, which has improved about 5% to 38%. Ice Cream Sandwich devices slipped a bit over 2% to account for 23.3%, and Gingerbread devices are holding strong at 34.1%, although it’s worth mentioning that Gingerbread devices on API level 9 have disappeared completely.

Overall, Google holding out on Android 4.3 is definitely helping Android manufactures slowly catch up their devices to current software, which I’m sure has been the intended effect. Hopefully we’ll see this trend continue next month, too.

source: Android Developers

Latest Android Distribution Reveals Gingerbread Down 1.3% and Jelly Bean Up 3.4%

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As can be seen in the above graphic, Jelly Bean continues its growth, which is nowhere near last month’s increase of 8.5%.  Unfortunately, the numbers still aren’t at a point where Google (and Android customers) should be satisfied.  Of course the Jelly Bean numbers will naturally rise as newer phones are released and older phones become discontinued, but we would like to see this happening at a much higher rate— this starts with the manufacturers.

They need to start developing their skins/bloatware for updates more efficiently, or getting rid of it altogether. (Which would make a lot of us pretty happy.)  Stock Android with unlocked bootloaders for all phones is still somewhere in fantasyland, but hopefully the imminent release of Android 4.3 (or 5.0) will make OS-integration simpler.   » Read the rest

Latest Android Distribution Reveals Gingerbread Down 4.4% and Jelly Bean Up 8.5%

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The number of Android devices running Jelly Bean is on the rise. Last month we reported Gingerbread down by 1.4%, and Jelly Bean up by 3.2%. Just one month later we are happy to report a significant increase in devices running Jelly Bean of 8.5%, and decrease in devices running Gingerbread of 4.4%. Here are the latest stats:

  • 1.6 Donut – 0.1%
  • 2.1 Eclair – 1.7%
  • 2.2 Froyo – 4.0%
  • 2.3 Gingerbread – 39.8%
  • 3.2 Honeycomb – 0.2%
  • 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – 29.3%
  • 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean – 25.0%

This decrease in devices running Gingerbread is a great sign.  With devices like the HTC One X, X+, XL, X+ USA, Droid DNA, Butterfly, Incredible 4G LTE, and EVO 4G LTE all receiving the Jelly Bean update, and the latest slew of devices being released with it straight out of the box, we should see another significant jump in devices running it by this time next month.

Source: Android Developers

Latest Android Distribution Reveals Gingerbread Down 1.4% and Jelly Bean Up 3.2%

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Use of Android is constantly evolving and the latest distribution data shows Gingerbread on devices is down while use of Jelly Bean is up 3.2 percent. This news comes just one month after our last reported findings. To Android enthusiasts’ dismay however, Gingerbread is still on the majority of devices at 44.2 percent. Here are the latest stats:

  • 2.3 Gingerbread – 44.2 percent
  • 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – 28.6 percent
  • 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean – 16.5 percent
  • 2.2 Froyo – 7.6 percent
  • 2.1 Eclair – 1.9 percent
  • 3.1 and 3.2 Honeycomb – 1.2 percent
  • 1.6 Donut – 0.2 percent » Read the rest

Latest Android distribution chart shows Gingerbread still holds top spot, but Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean are catching up

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The last time we talked about Android version distribution, Gingerbread was running on more than 50% of devices. That’s impressive for software that’s over two years old. Looking at it now, the different iterations of Gingerbread still hold the top spot, but it’s fallen below the halfway mark down to about 47.6%. That’s still quite a bit, but it’s slowly being replaced by current software. Ice Cream Sandwich climbed from 27% up to 29.1%, and both versions of Jelly Bean are running on a combined 10.2% of devices. While I think we would all like to see that adoption rate happen just a little faster, Jelly Bean is still keeping up that momentum we talked about a month ago.

There’s definitely room for improvement, but I think it’s a safe bet to say that Android updates are being managed a little better now than they were just a year ago. It helps that big OEMs like Samsung are launching their devices with current software, and keeping their older flagships updated as much as possible, barring the occasional cellular carrier interference, of course. Hopefully this keeps up for the next month. And hopefully we’ll see the last 0.2% of users still on Donut get a new phone…

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Latest Distribution Chart Shows Gingerbread Is Still The Leading OS, Ice Cream Sandwich No. 2 And Jelly Bean Growing At A Surprisingly Faster Rate

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Well friends, it’s about that time see the latest Android distribution trends. As previously predicted, we’re not only a gradual increase of Ice Cream Sandwich-based devices, but we’re beginning to see a sudden spike of Jelly Bean-based devices as well. As indicated in the chart above, we see Gingerbread devices holding steady as the leading OS among devices with a 50.8% market share, followed by Ice Cream Sandwich at a 27.5% market share and Jelly Bean with a 6.7% market share. What’s even more astounding is Ice Cream Sandwich has grown ever so slightly at a hair under 2% since last month, Jelly Bean’s distribution has more than doubled since the last distribution chart— giving the clear indication that we’re seeing the adoption of Jelly Bean devices or Jelly Bean updates faster than we previously thought. Then again, the recent release of all those cool Nexus phones and Nexus tablets may have something to do with the statistics as well.

It’ll be interesting to see next month’s distribution chart to see how much momentum Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean will be able to continue gathering.

source: Android Developers