Platform numbers

Jelly Bean rises as Ice Cream Sandwich falls, legacy versions remain virtually unchanged

Google has released the platform version numbers for the month of April, and the general trends we've seen for the past months is still the norm. Jelly Bean is slowly growing, up to 28.4-percent compared to last month's 25-percent. The majority of the growth looks to be coming from devices released with Ice Cream Sandwich, who's numbers have dropped almost two-percent as devices get updated. Honeycomb is also declining, as is Gingerbread. Legacy numbers are pretty stagnant, and any movement there is likely from users upgrading to a newer device. 

The important number, from an application developer's point of view, is that over 50-percent of all devices now run Android 4.0 or higher. This number has to move higher, and faster than it has been, before they can stop writing apps designed to work with older devices. The good news is that device manufacturers seem to be targeting the latest versions with new hardware releases, so there may come a day when everyone can stop worrying about Gingerbread.

Source: Android developers


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Android platform numbers for April are in, Jelly Bean on 28.4% of devices


Lol, that 0.1% using Donut has been there for several months now. That's a lot of G1 users.

Also, it's nice to see Jelly Bean overtaking ICS.

I wonder how much of the Froyo and Gingerbread use is from phones in developing markets and embedded devices. There are still some releases using GB in developing markets now in 2013, and embedded devices have much longer upgrade cycles than phones and tablets. Every OG Kindle Fire counts as a GB device too.

my parents are on Froyo on their Android devices. They are afraid of change and like the device that way it is. I offered to upgrade them (either by rooting or by manufacturer upgrade). They refused. So count them in for 2.2.2.

As for Nexus and one non-Nexus for Jelly Bean.

3 Froyo devices are in space on satellites. Nasa has 2 and the European space agency has one on a satellite al of them are Nexus. The european space agency is using the nexus device to test and see if sound can be heard in space. I forgot what NASA was using their phones for.

The problem is that a lot of manufacturers have been terrible at keeping two year old devices updated. I have a Photon 4G that has been stuck with Gingerbread for its entire life-cycle. They were in fact still selling the phone in 2012.

It's good to see that Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich make up more than 50% of Android devices. I think there will be a drastic drop in Gingerbread this year as people upgrade devices that they bought two years ago.