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Android 4.1 and 4.2 each up 50 percent over last month's tallies

The latest numbers are in, and things are continuing to move in the right direction: The "Jelly Bean" version of Android -- that's Android 4.1 and 4.2 -- is now on 10.2 percent of all active devices, as of the two weeks ending Jan. 3. For the two weeks ending Dec. 3, 2012, Jelly Bean was on 6.7 percent of all active devices. Ice Cream Sandwich numbers were up slightly as well, from 27.5 percent to 29.1 percent. Devices on Android 2.3 Gingerbread are trending down, from 50.8 percent last month to 47.6 percent today.

Breaking down the numbers, you'll see that both Android 4.1 and 4.2 increased about 50 percent over last month. But It's Android 4.2 that's on more phones and tablets -- thanks in no small part to updates to the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and One S, and Motorola's RAZR line. Android 4.2 means Nexus, of course (and custom ROMs), and remains significantly lower.

Source: Google


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Jelly Bean now on 10 percent of all Android devices


The fact that people sell and even push out phones with very outdated Android versions is a big part of the problem and prepaid smartphone service, with the obvious exception of BYOP plans (which are great deals).

Have you seen what Republic Wireless, Straight Talk, MetroPCS, etc sell directly.
Old ass gingerbread phones with specs from late 2010 - early 2011 at best.
prepaid smartphones plans are becoming more and more popular.

Why is this a problem? It means people that couldn't previously afford a smartphone can now purchase one with specs that were state of the art ONLY 2 or 3 years ago. That's great news!

Yea, I didn't actually mean it was a bad thing all around, it's good for first time smartphone buyers, especially ones without much money. I'm just saying it' probably part of the reason for the high number of gingerbread phones. People usaully go off when these are published about Android updates, I was trying to explain away some of it, because I do think some manufacturers are getting better about updates.

Problem was the wrong word :)

+9000 Instead of scrapping the older phones still running Gingerbread, it's smart to re-purpose them for prepaid and pay-as-you-go plans. People buying phones on a budget would have no problem buying a phone with 2010 tech if it works out great for them.

"But It's Android 4.2 that's on more phones and tablets"

In the last paragraph, I assume that should be 4.1? :)

Someone beat me to it!

On an aside, my partners Note 10.1 got JellyBean last night. It's a UK tablet but located in Australia.

2011 was a big selling year for Android. I think a good deal of Samsung Galaxy S II's are still awaiting their update, either because the carriers haven't released it yet or because their owners don't want to deal with Samsung Kies.

That is a great question lol. It's hard to believe that the Gingerbread SDK was released on December 6, 2010, and it still dominates the number of active Android handsets. The Droid 4 that I just had last year (before selling it) was on Gingerbread; it instantly seemed ancient when ICS debuted.

It's hard for you and I, but I know a lot of casual users on Android who still have gingerbread. Of my close friends.

My best friend's whole family has Samsung charges that they bought on sale for $1 on black friday. Samsung never updated the charge, they are all gingerbread.

I have one friend, who is stilll on froyo and a month ago one still had and htc hero lol.

Average people only care if their phone works, as long as it's not a buggy POS, they are happy until their upgrade, 2 years ago there was a lot of gingerbread and froyo phones on the market, their's still gingerbread on prepaid phones now.

In fact I only know a one person, that has a JB or ICS. He has an S3 on T-mobile, but until October 2012, he was still rocking a samsung vibrant on froyo. My friends call me an addict because I upgrade once a year, which is actually an improvement because it used to be twice a year when I was on verizon and never got any timely updates.

"But It's Android 4.2 that's on more phones and tablets -- thanks in no small part to updates to the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and One S, and Motorola's RAZR line."

I'm pretty sure you meant Android 4.1 there. Also, the EVO LTE has not been forgotten, as Ashley Esqueda and I will hasten to remind you.

Good to see Gingerbread on less than 50% of devices and Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean combined for almost 40% (39.3%, to be exact). Next goal: reduce Froyo and below to less than 10% of devices (currently at 11.6%).

Heard over the holidays that Jerry is probably the total of Donut's .2%, well him and other devs/testers.....

+9000 You're right. Gingerbread is a very stable version of Android; and that very reason (IMO) was why handsets were still being released with Gingerbread even after ICS was introduced.

However, after using Jellybean (hell, even ICS), there's no way I could go back to using Gingerbread.

This shows the problem with the piss poor update policies in place. Gingerbread should be way under 10% of the phones by now. ICS should be the one leading the pack.