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Android 4.1 to 4.3 now accounts for 48.6 percent of devices accessing the Google Play Store

Google has released its latest set of monthly Android platform data, showing that Jelly Bean — Android 4.1 to 4.3 — ran on almost half of devices accessing the Google Play Store in the week up to Oct. 2. Some quick points to note from the latest set of platform data compared to last month's

  • Though Jelly Bean as a whole represents some 48.6 percent of devices, most Jelly Bean devices are still running the year-old Android 4.1.
  • That said, Android 4.1's share actually fell slightly compared to last month, going from 36.6 percent of the total to 36.5.
  • Only Android 4.2 and 4.3 grew their market share, the rest remained flat or fell.
  • Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) all lost market share, as did Android 4.1, the earliest version of Jelly Bean.
  • Honeycomb (3.x) remained unchanged at just 0.1 percent.

Android 4.3 itself is measured for the first time in this latest set of platform data, debuting at just 1.5 percent. That's not too surprising considering until recently this version was limited to Nexus and Google Play edition devices. With the launch of high-profile 4.3 phones like the Galaxy Note 3, as well as 4.3 updates for devices like the HTC One, we'd expect that number to increase in the month ahead.

You can find the full stats, including details on screen size and OpenGL versions, at the source link below.

Source: Android Platform Versions


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Jelly Bean now on almost half of devices, according to latest platform numbers


Yes. And since they are using access to the play store as their source, those 30 percent are still buying apps and stuff too. That kind of kills my mental picture of a hermit who only comes out of the cave to get a good signal.

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Lots of people either do not care about updates like we do, or hate change.

My wife will be on whatever the SGS3 finishes on (kit kat I would guess) until Snickers Bar comes out. Unless she breaks it and has no choice.

-"And since they are using access to the play store as their source, those 30 percent are still buying apps and stuff too. "-

You access the play store to get app updates too. Pretty much any device with the play store installed pings home to check for updates, so they would be counted even if the user never looked at a new app.

Personally, I have two devices still running "out of date" revisions. They're used for a half hour a day before my kids go to bed and pretty much have a couple of kid's books and the Dr. Panda games loaded onto them.

Not every device gets used 24/7, nor needs to be cutting edge.


Numbers based on Google Play Store access. I'd say that since that pretty much means anyone with an active device (since it would access it to download updates automatically etc) I'd say they're pretty accurate. By what authority do you deem them nonsense?

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He makes a very good point. The correlation between Google Play Store and the number of phones out there isn't direct as you may think it is.. The fact is, there are many 2.+ phones that never access the play store. The play store only really became popular after 2.3.

Android has come a long way but has accomplished so much in so little time. Hopefully within Q1 &Q2 2014 over 80% of phones will be on Jelly Bean OS and higher 4.4.

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One of those phones is Mine (a HTC Wildfire) which my father is currently using to get a hang of Smartphones and stay up-to-date.
If I could I would root it and flash a GB ROM but since I upgraded the phone through a HTC OTA to a newwer RUU I could not unlock its bootloader :(

Android is pretty open with it's OS distribution numbers. One of the biggest complaints against android is "OMGFRAGMENTATION!!!1OMG"

I'm not hating on Apple in any way when I ask this, but has anyone ever seen iOS distribution numbers anywhere? I look at the Android ones and know that everything running something less than ICS is basically a phone that is older than 3 years or so. Kind of like the phones you see in the upgrade adds for (Sprint? TMobile?) where the guy can't get the the mugger to take his phone.

I'm curious how this plays out on the iOS side of things. I really can't imagine an iPhone 3 is running iOS 7.

Another point to keep in mind is that when older iphones get a new version of iOS, they don't necessarily get all the features that a new phone on that same version of iOS gets. The iPhone 4,for example, still doesn't have Siri, even if it's running iOS 7.

So by that example, Google should push an update to all Android phones that changes the version number to 4.3, without changing any of the actual features of the phone. Boom, fragmentation solved.

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The depressing news for me is that nearly 30% of users are on Gingerbread. :( Come on guys! Upgrade!!! These are people running phones as old as February 2011. The best phones then were:

Samsung Galaxy SII and the Motorola Atrix (eww)

I just...I don't know anymore.

You're holding on way too tight man.
Let it go.
It's just a cell phone...

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That's true man, I work with a guy who still is using a Galaxy SII everyday. I don't know why people hold onto phones that are 2to3 years old. In the technology world, that is like using a 5 year old phone everyday. The smartphone arena evolves so quick. If you don't keep up you will get left behind.

It depends. There are cases where people don't care to upgrade. If the phone does what you want it to do, and you're happy with it, why change? I'm not saying you have to be like that, and I'm not saying I'm like that, but everyone has a right to be happy, and if a Gingerbread OS phone is happiness for them, I'm all for it.

The issue is that for the majority of users, upgrading the OS will only happen with the purchase of a new phone. Since "ancient" smartphones are stil being sold and people aren't spending lots of $ on them, expect to see many devices with less that ICS for the 12-24 months.

Cool, I'm a 1.5%er....Nexus 7 and One are both on 4.3, and my Chromebook is on whatever version of Chrome is out there. And of course, there's always my Win 8.1 computer...

The decision for developers to cut support for versions < 4.0 is almost a sure thing. I'm glad I made that choice.

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I like my N4 and can't wait til 4.4 rolls but I can be just as happy with my old SSG2 running on 2.3. Man.... it was sweet!

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These numbers do tell that the nexus market is almost nothing. And many rom makers are targeting those phones. Of course they can do what ever they want, but that market is almost none existing. And those are already on the latest anyway..

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Some of you guys are idiots the smart phone pimps have y'all in high heels getting their money I use a s2 as my daily driver I also have a 2012 nexus 7 s2 4.1.2 nexus 4.3 to me the experience on these devices are about the same I actually like m
y s2 better louder speaker and the mobile connection. None of you guys phones have one major feature I'm missing nor need so I may as well us my s2 until I feel it's obsolete.