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Right on schedule, the Android Developers Dashboard has reported the share of devices running each version of Android as of February 4, 2013. These numbers are measured based on the number of users accessing Google Play within a 14 day period, which is a great indication of devices being actively used. As you can see in the chart above, Android 4.0 and higher is nearing the 50-percent mark, at 42.6-percent currently. Gingerbread is still holding down the top spot at 45.6-percent, but we're nearing the point where device running Gingerbread will be overtaken by versions with the new design language.

As you'll see in the graph after the break, the share of Gingerbread devices is slowly but surely decreasing, making way for a notably quick Jelly Bean advancement. Jelly Bean (both 4.1 and 4.2) total up to 13.6-percent of devices, surely helped by the success of the Nexus 7 and notable updates to popular devices like the Galaxy S3.

Source: Android Developers Dashboard

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There are 40 comments

Treknologist says:

However many Thunderbolts are left out there should increase the ICS numbers for the next report. :)

MrLadoodle says:

Well. This is global Android version marketshare. It's including all them Chinese devices that access Play that are still on Gingerbread etc. The Thunberbolt getting ICS is probably going to make a 0.1% difference.

wilderthing says:

If Samsung would update my S2 T989 to Jellybean, JB would grow alot. Its a fairly popular device up here. Still enjoy ICS though so can complain. Just wish it would com down sooner lol.

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mzanette says:

I did my part. I updated my cousin's Razr from Gingerbread to ICS since he had no idea how to do it himself.

One phone at a time...

Danrarbc says:

I just can't understand this. How hard is it for people to tap the notification and then tap the button that starts the process?

mercado79 says:

The Galaxy S2 upgrade from Gingerbread to ICS was a manual one. I've been meaning to help some friends out with it since they're technophobes. So no...it's not always so simple (though I'm sure it can't be that hard to do).

Barton82 says:

It wasn't manual on an unlocked, international S II. So it had to be some carrier messing stuff up.

DrewCPU says:

As always, the Froyo and below numbers make me sad.

Vinz45 says:

Don't be sad, my HTC Desire still works flawlessly on Froyo. Speaks volume of the build/os quality. I do plan on buying a Nexus 4 if Google ever makes them available...

Timelessblur says:

This more speaks volumes about the support issues out there. It should not take over 2 years to get ICS up to 50%. It should take at most 6 months. This is over 4x way to long.

Sadly Google is failing to use its best weapon to improve updating aka Motorala which should be better named Failorala after how we got treated.

SubjectSigma says:

Sadly if Google fully utilized Motorola it would undermine the rest of android platforms. If they started treating moto phones like nexus ones nobody would buy the rest of them. However if you listen to the internet closely Google is going to make a Motorola nexus, which should be amazing

Are you talking about the "X Phone"

SubjectSigma says:

I am indeed

MERCDROID says:

Until we see/hear some solid evidence, the "X" phone is still vaporware at this point.

return_0 says:

2 years?! ICS came out 14 months ago. What are you talking about?

bassdelux15 says:

A lot of these phones are probably ppl that don't even know that their phones have an update available. Heck some of them don't even care or are just using an old/budget phone that will never get updated. I think we're at a pretty good point, with all the popular phones running 4.X

Targon says:

There are a number of devices out there where the update requires going through a computer to do the upgrade. Samsung has Kies for the software, which doesn't work well on a lot of computers. If there is no OTA update solution and it requires going through a computer, then that WILL stop many users from updating their phone.

You also have to keep in mind that for those without Wifi, and there are still a lot out there, the OTA update process can take a LONG time. Not everyone is in an area with fast cellular data speeds.

Maybe it's just me, but I feel like every android phone should at least have ICS. I'm not sure if this fault goes to the OEM's or Google.

SubjectSigma says:

OEMs definitely, because Samsung just HAS to put touchwiz (which in my opinion looks awful) in the updates

return_0 says:

Definitely not Google. This is the fault of the OEMs and, more so, the carriers.

Agreed, even when they do get updates out it's not always for the better. The ICS update for my HTC Amaze actually made things worse. Currently running JB 4.1.2 but I still think Gingerbread was better.

mazzmoney95 says:

I think the reason for this is because ICS was and still is a huge update from 2.3 and many phones couldnt be updated (remember that whole desire HD fiasco?).

Barton82 says:

Yeah, but I also remember the original Desire's Gingerbread fiasco, so it could be more of an HTC thing, than an ICS thing.

hmmm says:

ICS is still an OS behind. Should be reporting the figure for Android 4.1+

mercado79 says:

There's a huge difference between Android pre 4.0 and post 4.0. I think the way they're breaking it down makes perfect sense.

MERCDROID says:

A dot upgrade hardly makes ICS an OS behind: Jellybean is essentially ICS, with some code stripped out due to Project Butter.

speculatrix says:

I think this is a testimony to the fact that Gingerbread is actually a really good OS for mobile phones - the point at which it was starting to rival iOS.

MERCDROID says:

Gingerbread was/is a very stable OS; hence why phones were still coming out with Gingerbread, even after ICS debuted.

chubb says:

.2% still on Donut? Man I pity those still rockin' a HTC G1/Dream!

Seriously I can't believe that is still on the list, it's been what, four years since that was released.

MERCDROID says:

Some people keep their phones longer than the rest of us =)

carraser891 says:

This isn't even something to be proud of. This type of fragmentation is annoying as hell.

Shadowriver says:

Finally somebody that thinks like me :) hardware fragmentation is nothing as Android deals with it well

John-Smith says:

LOL More people are on 2.1, than 4.2

Now that is horrendous.

the real sad thing is that 40 percent or more Android phones will still be on Gingerbread
by 2015.(two years from now) Google/Android and the mobile carriers have basically
abandoned them.

Do these statistics include the Androids using custom ROMs?

Also, who are the people still stuck with Donut and Honeycomb? They should root their devices and move to a newer version of Android.

tigeryee says:

For real, I just got CM 10.1 on my Galaxy tab 10.1 which is buggy and has strange things, but I love it again! I do think it is anti consumer that the OEMs don't go back and give their legacy devices love

David C S says:

If they access the Play app, possibly, but I'm not sure.

tigeryee says:

So how is this information collected?

David C S says:

Info collected from the Play store APP in the last 15 days. Basically it means phones that accessed the app in that period.

It does NOT mean all phones in existence, nor all the phones being used on the Internet.

That measure is useful for platform/app developers.