Google Releases Newest Android Distribution Chart, Jelly Bean Nears 30% Of All Android Devices

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It’s the beginning of a new month and that means a brand new look at the Android distribution chart. The good news is that Jelly Bean continues to grow, albeit slowly as its up to 28.4 percent of all Android devices, compared to 25 percent one month ago. Unfortunately, the growth of Jelly Bean seems to be coming at the expense of Ice Cream Sandwich which is down almost two-percent from last month.

That means customers on legacy Android versions such as Gingerbread or Froyo aren’t getting updates as much as they are just upgrading to new devices. A quick reminder that as of April 2013, the distribution chart is now built using data collected based on when a device visits the Google Play Store. The good news with these distribution charts moving forward is that more than 50 percent of all Android owners are on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

With Google I/O just two weeks away, we expect the next month to have a whole new line on the distribution chart…Android 4.3 anyone?

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  • Daniel

    You do realize that not all devices have hardware capable of running 4.x+, right? That may be why “customers on legacy Android versions such as Gingerbread or Froyo aren’t getting updates as much as they are just upgrading to new devices.” Not only that, but 3.x was pretty much ONLY for tablets, not phones, and the Motorola Xoom was the only device that ever really showcased it, hence the incredibly low market share of 3.x. To be honest, I’m not sure what good any of this talk about market share of Android versions does for us.

    • g2a5b0e

      Google actually releases the chart with developers in mind. It’s so they can decide what versions they still want to support when making applications.

  • mdosu

    peanut butter jelly time…..

  • Dakota

    Because of the new way theyre calculating, the # are skewed and constantly need an asterisk. Not everyone downloads apps constantly; most people I know almost never do. If all we get er is a minor 4.3 update instead of a major 5.0 jump, I’m Gonna be really disappointed and Gonna be another reason to seriously consider an iPhone

    • Herb

      If you don’t download apps, then that signifies to me (and to Google and developers) that you’re OK with your phone the way it is. If you want to change your phone there are plenty of apps to help you instead of just waiting for an update to roll out. If you’re really that concerned about updates then just buy a Nexus.

  • Dakota

    What percentage of iPhone users are on ios6. Fragmentation sucks