Android versions

Google's just released the Android platform version statistics for the two weeks ending March 5. As a reminder, these are representative of the entire Android ecosystem and comprise devices that have accessed the Android Market within the last 14 days, so these would be "active" devices. Here's the breakdown:

  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.x): Up a little more than half a percentage point to 1.6 percent. That encompasses Android 4.0 through Android 4.0.3.
  • Honeycomb (Android 3.x): Dropped 0.1 percent to 3.3 percent total. That change should be due to the Motorola Xoom and ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime getting their ICS updates.
  • Gingerbread (Android 2.3): Saw some decent growth, actually, from 58.6 percent in February to 62 percent today.
  • Froyo (Android 2.2): Falls a couple of percentage points to 25.3 percent.
  • Eclair (Android 2.1): Fell a percentage point to 6.6 percent.
  • Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5): Combine for 1.2 percent of active devices. Who's still using these?

And here's a full look at last month's numbers. We'd imagine Ice Cream Sandwich percentage will start trending up now that we've got a new crop of phones on the way, but there's no denying that upgrades are taking entirely too long. 

Source: Android Developers

 

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Ice Cream Sandwich adoption grows ever so slightly in February, Gingerbread up a bit, too

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With the 1st quarter coming to an end, I'm truly hoping the Rezound gets the official update. I love my phone, but Gingerbread is getting old!

I think you got awhile to wait if your on stock OS waiting on an offical release of ICS on the rezound like near end of the year wait

The slices of the pie chart are based on the API level, so they're really groupings of versions. 4.0, 4.0.1, and 4.0.2 are API level 14, but they bumped the level 15 with 4.0.3, so it and 4.0.4 are grouped together.

Same thing holds true with the Gingerbread versions. The ones you mentioned are all API level 10 with 2.3.3.

Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5): Combine for 1.2 percent of active devices. Who's still using these?

I know the answer, my brother has a Archos tablet (really old one) called something home 7tablet what ever and it runs Donut (still have market but not that good)

And I think there are many old devices like this out there, which are not being updated by manufactorer

Honestly, my vintage G1 at Android 1.6 is doing its best as it is still fully working. I think one day it will be confiscated by local museum.
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And sorry you have to keep 1.5/1.6 category in stats because of people like me... :)

believe it or not i just saw some hispanic chick still rocking a G1 2 days ago and i say that cuz shes really gotta be poor or something to be using a 3+ yr old phone. shouldnt she have an upgrade by now?

And this is why ICS needs to be on at least 50% of the devices it can run on before we even start talking about Jelly Bean.

we want ICS but we are at the mercy of Google and hardware makers dicking around with us. wheres my GNEX? wheres my update??????/

I've adding to the ICS numbers - thanks to XDA. even got a email from El Goog saying thanks for buying the nexus which is odd considering ive still got the inspire.

I have ICS on half my devices A100 leak HP TP CM9 Evo 3d on gingerbread but I have tried ICS on it just to much not working to use as a daily. My Dell Streak 7 is on Froyo Dj Steve 1.3 have tried ICS on it but went back to Froyo for gameloft games just about any thing for the lg g2x works on it with changed build prop all devices rooted

Half the problem is Google screwed up the launch of the Nexus which was the only device with ICS. 1 US carrier releasing long after the already delayed announcement. Why would any manufacture feel pressure to upgrade when the demand for the Nexus line seems light. If Google had promoted the release more in the US, expanded US carrier availability, and pushed carriers to promote products, other manufactures would see demand for the OS. I don't expect anyone to adopt quickly at this point. 95% of people have never even seen ICS in action to even know they want it. 99% of people have seen SIRI in action through commercials, intense advertising from carriers, and in store product demos which drives demand for the OS.

I've seen a working model in practically every Verizon store I've been to, if your talking about places like best buy, I've never understood why people buy phones from their 95% of their displays are just the dummy mockups worthless. I play with phones at the Verizon store and then usually make my decision later and buy online.

Agreed Google's decision to all Verizon to have an exclusive on the device in the US, even if only for 4 to 6 months, was a bad idea. Though I'm always amazed by the mass of people screaming for an update for their [insert model here]. manufacturers are slow at providing updates and the carriers in the US just make the problem worse the samsung galaxy s2 international gets it's update to ICS in march but I'm sure it will be months and months before I see that one my AT&T s2, AT&T always holds up updates.
I have to laugh every time I see, I'm no longer buying [insert brand here] because they didn't upgrade my device to ICS in 3 months, when the reality is that no manufacturer has really provided timely updates like that.
the exception this time around is a few tablet makers asus and motorola, but they don't have to deal with carriers for the most part, the the xoom is vanilla android.

This probably reflects two demographics: 1) "if it ain't broke, don't fix" crowd and the 2) "I have a two year contract and my device doesn't support the next (or lastest) version. Remember that there are still memory capacity issues looming. There will always be the early adopters and those who insist on always upgrading to the latest. As for me, I often get stuck with the decision to support code on an old version or upgrade one of my development devices.

Yea, My Inspire is only 8 months old and not yet ever sceduled to get ICS and I still have 16 months to go on my contract. Thank God for XDA and rooting.