Google Releases New Android Distribution Chart As Jelly Bean Gains On Gingerbread

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A new month means a new Android distribution chart and that’s exactly what we have for you this morning. Some more good news for Jelly Bean as it continues to scratch at the Gingerbread man as it moves from 28.4% of all Android devices to 33%. For its part, Gingerbread remains the Android software leader at 36.5% but our expectation now has that lead finally changing hands perhaps as soon as next month. That’s a 4.6% increase for JB from last month and a drop of 2% for Gingerbread.

Ice Cream Sandwich is enjoying a 25.6% chunk of the pile while Froyo, Eclair and Donut combine for less than 5%. Ice Cream Sandwich is continuing to fall to the benefit of Jelly Bean but that’s one statistic we can get behind.

The distribution chart for the 14 day period ending June 3rd, 2013 marks yet another month that Android 4.x devices sit above the 50% mark for share of the Android pie. Let’s just hope that when July’s chart comes around, we finally see Gingerbread make way for Jelly Bean to wear the Android software crown.

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  • lithdoc

    What a debacle… As Android user (N4) this is hard to even imagine that 40% of all users are using OS some 28 months old!

  • lithdoc

    What a debacle… As Android user (N4) this is hard to even imagine that 40% of all users are using OS some 28 months old!

    • Zero0

      To be fair, Windows XP still has popularity, and service pack 3 came out over 5 years ago.

    • Zero0

      To be fair, Windows XP still has popularity, and service pack 3 came out over 5 years ago.

    • JBrowne1012

      GingerBread was a reliable enough Os from what it looks like otherwise the jump would be huge….

    • JBrowne1012

      GingerBread was a reliable enough Os from what it looks like otherwise the jump would be huge….

    • timrcm

      Hell, 4.2.x has been out for QUITE awhile now and barely has more users then Froyo. That’s depressing.

  • kolijboy234

    I have two questions:

    1. Just how reliable is this data, given the very short sample period? Older devices are usually used less often and might be underrepresented. Conversely, newer devices tend to be used more often and might be overrepresented.

    2. How many of the older iterations of Android represented in the data are as a result of individuals choosing not to update and not the inability of devices to handle updates.

    Then I think we’ll be closer to knowing the true extent of the allegedly devastating Android fragmentation.

    • g2a5b0e

      I understand your points, but these charts aren’t meant to be a true representation of the Android version distribution. Google releases these charts for developers so they know the distribution of Android versions visiting the Play Store and can hence, best decide which versions to continue to support. If people with certain versions of Android aren’t visiting the Play Store on a regular basis, the developers probably see no reason to support them.

    • g2a5b0e

      I understand your points, but these charts aren’t meant to be a true representation of the Android version distribution. Google releases these charts for developers so they know the distribution of Android versions visiting the Play Store and can hence, best decide which versions to continue to support. If people with certain versions of Android aren’t visiting the Play Store on a regular basis, the developers probably see no reason to support them.

    • JBrowne1012

      The data is very reliable for its sole purpose which is to tell devs who to code for so that they don’t waste time developing for an unused Os

      Google pulls the data based off of who has accessed the play store in a 2 week span

    • JBrowne1012

      The data is very reliable for its sole purpose which is to tell devs who to code for so that they don’t waste time developing for an unused Os

      Google pulls the data based off of who has accessed the play store in a 2 week span

    • 21stNow

      I agree with what you say and what JBrowne says. My mother is still using a phone with a Froyo-based ROM. She wouldn’t know how to download an app if you paid her. I think that at this point that the users on the older versions of Android don’t really care about app availability.

  • Don Quixote

    What about an upgrade for G2x?

    • qpinto

      LG dropped the ball with the P999 series. no update at all. sell the phone while you can and get something else.

      • AceCali

        Yea im trying to decide which phone to get b/c my G2x which is way outdated and due to this shitty phone idk if i’ll ever buy a LG phone again

        • qpinto

          LG didnt drop the ball on the g2x btw. it was a clash with lg and nvidia over the tegra 2 chipset. Im extremely pleased with my n4. the build quality is top notch. i wouldn’t hesitate to buy one if i was you.

        • qpinto

          LG didnt drop the ball on the g2x btw. it was a clash with lg and nvidia over the tegra 2 chipset. Im extremely pleased with my n4. the build quality is top notch. i wouldn’t hesitate to buy one if i was you.

        • AceCali

          Alright cool. I’ve been thinkin bout the N4 just cause its in my price range. I also like what i am hearing about the Moto X phone but i cant wait all summer for it to be released. Aint nobody got time fa dat!

    • qpinto

      LG dropped the ball with the P999 series. no update at all. sell the phone while you can and get something else.

    • AceCali

      Haha I feel you man. I still have the crappy G2x phone as well and literally want to run it over with my car. It never fails to freeze, restart by itself or just turn itself off.

    • AceCali

      Haha I feel you man. I still have the crappy G2x phone as well and literally want to run it over with my car. It never fails to freeze, restart by itself or just turn itself off.

  • noelsito

    goodbye cupcake

    • g2a5b0e

      What’s next? Donut or Honeycomb?

  • https://plus.google.com/100326307084686532550 Christa Joe

    The updated pie chart is really amazing in terms of analyzing the sudden growth of Latest version of Android among the consumers. Earlier, GingerBread ruled the overall Android market but new statistics are very interesting.