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The latest Android platform numbers have just been released on the Android Developers site, showing devices running Android 4.0 and above now making up a 22.1 percent share of the Android market. As expected, Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices still make up a majority of the market at 57.5 percent. All other versions under 2.3 now total up to a small but still noticeable 18.3 percent.

Most manufacturers have at least started pushing 4.0 updates to their handsets that launched on 2.3, and nearly all devices are coming to market with 4.0 or 4.1 on board now, which is a good sign. Seeing such a large majority of devices still on Android 2.3 and below really hurts when you know how great the experience on Android 4.0 and 4.1 is, and we can only hope that the share of devices running 4.0 and above can increase faster in the future.

You can see the full granular report of the latest Android numbers - including time series of the market, screen sizes and more - at the source link below.

Source: Android Developers

 
There are 30 comments

dbareis says:

With more and more phones being activated you can't just look at simple stats and say they have any relationship to updates. Most newly activated Android phones will be on a recentish OS. Most people will be buying new phones every few years effectively "upgrading" their OS also.

benthe1 says:

What's your point? It's just a graph, not an update chart.

Indeed, those old phones will always be on the chart, and always be a large proportion of devices, as it's when Android explosion occurred.

Actually, no they won't. The graph is based on devices which have accessed Google Play in the last 14 days. So it only tracks active devices, not total activations since the initial release of Android 1.0.

I'm glad you said this. All this graph means is that indicated 22% of phones were purchased and activated in or around the last six months. I'm still waiting on the ICS update on my Atrix, and will probably get it just in time for my upgrade to kick in.

It doesn't make a lot of sense that OEMs and carriers hold these updates back. If you look at Apple's sales, releasing timely updates hasn't slowed the rate of their newer devices being purchased. Average consumers are fickle enough to upgrade their phone every couple years regardless of software updates; even if the phone is working just fine.

jbrandonf says:

Arguably because the updates on the older phones mess up performance so bad that it compels people to upgrade.

XavierMatt says:

Why do I find this very hard to believe. Still-even if this is true. Jelly Bean is the new OS, and I am sure Google will announce a newer version for their Nexus in November. Lord knows I hope they don't. We don't need another update.

still1 says:

truth is you dont need an update because it hard to get an update soon if its not Nexus.
I have a nexus and if they release it i will get it. so an update is welcome for me.

XavierMatt says:

I have a Gnex. . . but on VZW.

still1 says:

didnt a build got out for verizon nexus? sure its test one but it seems to work flawlessly.. that propably would be the same build you will get too.
blame verizon for this.

bplewis24 says:

I have the VZW GNex and I've been on Jellybean for like 2 months now.

pjsherod says:

how or what state or area are you at?

dazweeja says:

You seem to be implying that Google are lying. They are very clear about where these stats come from, "the number of Android devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period ending on the data collection date noted below". Why do you find it that hard to believe?

As far updates, keep them coming. Keep improving Android. That's why I bought a Galaxy Nexus in the first place. If some people want to buy other phones and be beholden to carriers and manufacturers, they have to accept the good and the bad that comes with that.

dongemus says:

I think this creates an illusion too. I have 4 android devices. The nexus 7, my HTC One S (both on Jelly Bean)but I have my two old phones that I use for games, calculator, alarm clock, etc. and they both have Gingerbread. I still use them, but not as phones.

I think a lot of people do this and it skews the data.

jbrandonf says:

Just curious. What makes you think a lot of other people do that?

At this point I'll have to face the fact my phone will never get past gingerbread. I think I've had a software upgrade twice, maybe three times and they were nothing but minor bug fixes in the first place. unfortunately prepaid is all i can afford and virgin/boost mobile coverage is the only one with good phones but sprint coverage is non-existent in my area. so i'm stuck with average phones from at&t and t-mobile unless i want to pay verizon to ream me.

Aleksey_US says:

I really don't understand how you can be reading this site and not be at the very least on ICS... there is always CM and AOKP as backups... if not then it's probably time to get a new phone

LightChaser says:

While I'm reading this from a TF300 running JB, my current phone is an Optimus One / P500 running on CM7 (GB). I've tried installing CM9 on it, but it's just not stable enough.

A new phone would be nice, but since it works fine, and since I got a tablet, I simply can't justify the cost right now.

The device pool for CM9 is still relatively small.

You say, "Probably time to get a new phone," as if people can just shell out the $350+ for something that's not subsidized. The fact is, the average user will happily upgrade the second they're eligible with their carrier.

CM and AOKP aren't available for my phone. ANd I would get a new one, but that requires this thing called money which I don't have any extra of.

and i am "the very least on ICS - I have a nexus 7.

l00natic71 says:

@ukwildcatsboston: I thought that Boost and Virgin where MVNO off the Sprint network?

Not quite sure what you are asking, but I used to have Boost Mobile where I live and I got rid of it as soon as I ran out of minutes because the phone was virtually useless when I got no reception at work and had to step outside the house to make a call when at home.

l00natic71 says:

Originally you said "virgin/boost mobile coverage is the only one with good phones but sprint coverage is non-existent in my area". Since Boost runs on Sprint's network and so does Virgin, I don't get how you claim that Sprint doesn't.

jbrandonf says:

AT&T has the GS3 and One X, and TMo has the GS3... Those are not average phones what are you talking about?

dovlek says:

This is why rooting and flashing is so handy.

I was excited about rooting and flashing...until I did it. Fact is, while CM and friends are fantastic efforts by devs that do a ton of work for android fans for free, if you're not someone who owns the 9 or so devices they like to test those builds on, chances are aftermarket ROMS aren't going to work as well as the stock software.

slayerpsp says:

Everything I own is on Jelly Bean Asus TF 300 Nexus 7 Evo LTE CM 10

l00natic71 says:

Good for you, get yourself a cookie.

joebob2000 says:

The bottom line is that Google didn't really design Android to have "rolling updates" that include every single old device (the way Apple does it). Newer revs of Android use more advanced APIs, carry features specific to new hardware, and most importantly they take a lot of time to code for a specific handset (since handset makers don't simply clone the Nexus device and put it in a different package). At the end of the day, newer versions of Android come out *for newer hardware* and if you have an old phone, what the **** is wrong with just running the same rev you have, when you can update the apps at will?

Trying to compare this chart to the equivalent for Apple iOS is purely a pissing contest.

And what kind of a troll is this comment? "Seeing such a large majority of devices still on Android 2.3 and below really hurts when you know how great the experience on Android 4.0 and 4.1 is, and we can only hope that the share of devices running 4.0 and above can increase faster in the future."

Wow, new phones (that launched with or near 4.0) run great do they? Why not slap 4.0 on my three year old Droid Eris and watch it fly! This correlation and causation thing is fantastic!

Come on.