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

 
There are 30 comments

dswatson83 says:

The most popular version is Gingerbread? That doesn't look good.

MrLadoodle says:

I think Jelly Bean is the most popular (counting 4.1 and 4.2).

Silver Arrow says:

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+

daveloft says:

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.

movielover76 says:

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.

dyinman says:

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.

effreyj says:

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.

still1 says:

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

Deegan says:

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. :).

galaxy s2

jean15paul says:

I think most GS2 have been upgraded to ICS. I know the Sprint version has.

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hmmm says:

Wonder if the gingerbread folk will stick with Android for their next phone?

still1 says:

I hoped that Donut and Honeycomb would have died this month. seems it remains at .1%

joemd60 says:

All this talk of sweets is making me hungry again. :-D

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BobJones19 says:

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.

still1 says:

Dont be stupid, even with jelly bean 4.2.2 i am running flash.
its just an install away.

crysis63 says:

Flash runs on jelly bean with no problem.

movielover76 says:

yea you can get flash working on jellybean with third party apps, their just isn't any official support anymore.

chronophilos says:

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.

rabidhunter says:

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

movielover76 says:

She could have done that on gingerbread, by installing a 3rd party launcher actually :)

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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TheDu9du says:

ICS is now literally getting sandwiched by gingerbread and jelly bean

jean15paul says:

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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snookasnoo says:

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.

sideslippy says:

And Honeycomb still hasn't been removed; I wonder how long it will last.

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movielover76 says:

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.

HNNNNNGHHH says:

What interests me is the fact that there are still actual people still using Donut (Android 1.6)......

jms67 says:

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

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