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It’s a new month and with the start of every new month comes a fresh new chart from Google showing the version breakdown in the Android world. By this we mean the distribution of Android Versions across the platform, including Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. The good news is that Android 4.0 and above devices now account for 22.1 percent of all Android devices on the market. That number is actually up 5.4% from August, which saw 16.7 percent of all Android devices running Android 4.0 or above.
As expected, Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices still rule the roost with 57.5 percent marketshare, leaving Android versions 2.2 and below to account for just 18.3 percent. Unfortunately, 1/5 of all Android smartphone owners are having a vastly different experience with their devices than most of you and that leaves the potential for users to really miss part of what has made Android so much better in the last two version releases.
We can only hope that Android manufacturers and the carriers alike take these reports to heart and see how many customers are having an arguably sub-par experience. In a bold move during yesterday’s Motorola and Verizon’s new RAZR launch, the manufacturer promised $100 in credits for every customer who recently purchased a Motorola device (since 2011) that won’t receive the Jelly Bean update. That’s a move I can’t imagine seeing across the board from other manufacturers, never mind whether or not carriers would ever consider such a move, but it shows how serious Motorola’s efforts are to give customers the best possible experience.
Hopefully, the numbers available in the beginning of October will tell an even better story.