Android Platform Versions

ICS and above now accounts for 61.2-percent of active Android devices

Google has just released its monthly "Platform Version" numbers for June, which give a snapshot of what version of Android is running on active devices in the world. The data is collected by looking at users who access the Play Store over a 14 day period surrounding the end of the month, in this case ending collection on July 8th. Here's how the numbers break down:

  • Android 1.6, 2.1 and 2.2 total just 4.6-percent of installs
  • Android 2.3¬†falls just 2.3-percentage points to 34.1-percent of installs
  • Android 4.x ("modern" versions)¬†hit 61.2-percent of installs, up from 58.6-percent

The growth in devices using 4.x comes from a large increase in the install base of Jelly Bean, as the number of phones and tablets accessing the Play Store on Ice Cream Sandwich has actually decreased from month to month. The distribution of Android 1.6 and 3.2 are nearing extinction, sitting at just 0.1-percent each.

Hit the break for a couple more chart breakdowns of Android usage.

Android Platform Versions

Android Platform Versions

Source: Android Developer Dashboard


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Platform numbers for June 2013: Android 4.x on the rise, 2.3 holding strong


By next month 4.1.x should eclipse Gingerbread. But really Gingerbread was when Android really took off and had some good handsets. Also it is extremely popular for budget devices that just can not run 4.0+

Also the reason Gingerbread held on for so long was because it was the latest and greatest version of Android for a full year (for phones), Eclair, Froyo and Ice Cream Sandwich were only the latest and greatest for six months. It's because Jelly Bean has been the latest and greatest for a year that it's now number one.

That's the problem I think, budget devices some of which are still being sold with gingerbread.
Straight Talk still sells a number of devices with gingerbread on it's lower end smartphones.

From my apps, the third most common device is the DroidX. I think another large factor is that people are just hanging onto their Evo4G-era phones because they still work just fine.

I'm curious what are the most popular devices people have that still have Gingerbread? It must be mostly people who just don't upgrade their phone when their contracts are up.

a small correction. those are people who bought their devices up right and dont feel the need to upgrade.

I think you're right. I'm still sitting here with my original EVO 4G. I would get a new phone but I honestly don't feel its really necessary right now. That Samsung Active is looking pretty nice though. :).

I Still have a Device that runs Gingerbread and i will never update my Ice cream too Jelly Bean cause i like to have flash.

A friend was just telling me about her new iPhone, and all the things she could do with it that she couldn't do with her Android phones. "Like what?", I said. She said, "I can organize my apps in folders." She had been stuck in gingerbread since 2011, and had no idea how much Android has progressed.

Ha, that's funny. Android is like a recipe, you can make it what you want. It certainly has come a very long way.

I'm pretty sure in a couple years or so when we're looking at Android 6-7, the install base for ICS-JB will remain quite high for a while. As it stands it's pretty rock solid and project butter, whether affective or not, adds some level of smoothness that should make whatever cheap budget phones pretty solid at that point.

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On the 2nd chart with screen size and resolution, does anyone know how the define small, normal, large, and extra large?

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Of course Google changed how they count the numbers so they could game the system to make it look better. The real numbers are far worse.

A while I suspect, honeycomb is for tablets and people generally don't upgrade their tablet as often as their smartphone, for one reason because of price.
My girlfriend has an acer iconia with honeycomb on it, she feels no need to upgrade and tablets don't get beat up and worn out like smartphones do making them last longer.

I still use my old Toshiba thrive to mirror apps to a tv (you can mirror using a normal HDMI cord). It does what I need so I never felt the need to update.

My wife just recently went from the charge to the galaxy s4. Huge difference

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