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Vast majority using Jelly Bean, 19 percent already up-to-date on Android 4.3

AC app Android versionsThe Android ecosystem as a whole is a large, slow-moving ship, and it's taken a while for Jelly Bean to become the most prominent flavor of Google's OS. Even Android 2.3, Gingerbread, is still going strong after almost three years. So it's interesting to see how Android Central app users compare to the ecosystem at large.

The Google Play developer console allows devs to keep track of which Android versions are being run by their users, and there's a striking difference between Android as a whole and the AC app install base when it comes to platform versions.

We'll start off by pointing out that our app requires Android 4.0 or higher, which eliminates Honeycomb, Gingerbread and older versions. Nevertheless, some 92 percent of AC app installations are on a Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) device, with 4.1 being the most popular version at 44 percent. A surprising 19 percent of users are already on the just-released Android 4.3, while the 18-month-old Ice Cream Sandwich release (Android 4.0.3-4) accounts for just 8 percent of users.

As for individual phones and tablets, the list of most popular devices isn't too surprising. In no particular order, the top five are the Nexus 4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, HTC One and Nexus 7 (2012.) And the high proportion of Nexus devices might explain why Android 4.3 is already on 19 percent of installations. (At the other end of the spectrum, we doth our caps to the eight users somehow running the AC app on the original Nexus One.)

It's no great revelation that AC readers are ahead of the curve when it comes to Android versions (and indeed devices.) But it does underscore just how vast and varied the Android ecosystem is, and how Android die-hards are just a small part of a very big picture.

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Quick look: Android versions and the Android Central app


The fact that the Android Central app requires at least Android 4.0 skewers this somewhat. I don't think it's necessarily a reflection that Android Central readers are ahead of the curve. Just my $0.02

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While requiring 4.0 may indeed skew the results, the fact that only 8% use 4.0 and 19% are already using 4.3 definitely confirms that Android Central readers are ahead of the curve.

Well, not really ahead of the curve, just that they have a nexus device or have rooted with a custom rom. Even if you have the top devices right now like the GS4, HTC One and others, you sill don't have 4.3. In fact, even the GS3 is still on 4.1. Only Nexus devices have 4.3 right now as I recall. Not sure if the Google version of the GS4 and HTC one got it yet (I think I read they did)

I have 4.3 (CM 10.2) on my AT&T LG Optimus G that is pretty much bug free.

Plus I have 4.3 on my 2012 Nexus 7 and my 2013 Nexus 7.. So I am counting for 3 of the 4.3 installs..

I don't believe for a second that many people who go to this site on a regular basis have a gingerbread device. Even if the app did allow 2.3 it wouldn't make much of a difference.

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Yeah, the people that visit this site/use the app are pretty keen about updates and what version of Android they're using.

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Something tells me that people with enough love for Android that they download the Android Central app would probably mean they are ahead of the curve. I mean, that percentage of people on 4.3 alone means they are.

It's unfortunate that < 4.0 isn't represented here. I'd love to see that.

The fact that Androidcentral is plugging it's app on the front page for the Umm-teenth time..... Shamless advertisement...

It's not nessessairly a bad thing, but it is slightly annoying when I frequent the site and see more plugs at the app than anything else.

The next time you invent something, I want you to keep it to yourself, then see how many people are using it.

They are promoting the app, because it provides a way better experience than using the website.

Got it memorized?

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I think its a given that the demographic who reads an android enthusiast site, will be running a device with a more up to date OS, like 4.0 and above.

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I'd be interested to know how many users are on 2.x if they made it compatible, or offered a compatible version.

I'd be interested to know why it's only 4.X and up. I don't see anything in there that couldn't be done with the Support Library.

I'd like to see the stats, but with this user base, I don't think anyone can question the decision to simplify development and go 4.X and up too much, it just makes sense.

Just curious, but why was the decision made? I mean, I write my apps using ActionBarSherlock, and they work great on 2.2 and up, using all the features of 4.0+. It was really easy to integrate, too.

They're not trying to encourage users to stay with older versions of Android, lol. If people want the AC app, amongst others, then they need to get with the program and move to, at least, 4.0.

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I love seeing this behind the scenes information.

Posted via Android Central App on Sprint LTE. Seriously.

That should tell you the kind of people who read your reviews/news. More interesting would be the total number and geographic distribution

You should see a change in the total number on Google Play in the next few weeks, I think, if not sooner.

Geographic is about 61 percent U.S.

The 8 people running the app on the Nexus One need to write in with more details. Do people really have ICS or higher running on the Nexus One? I know it's possible, but from what I've seen it runs like crap. Is that really being used as a daily driver? Or are people spoofing their build.Prop? (Seriously, pics or it didn't happen.) :)

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Well, I had ICS running very reliably my EVO 4G before I got my GS3. The only thing that didn't work was the front camera. AFAIK, it was pretty much the same situation with the Nexus One.

The fact that Nexus One can run ICS isn't the crazy part, IMO. It's the fact that some people are still using the Nexus One at this point in time. It's a very old device. I'm sure it works well for the people using it, but it's over 3 years old at this point, well behind the curve for a modern smartphone.

I think this site might need to clean out some of the negative Nancy/whinnersauras rex sort of people on this great site of information.

You must've been really bored, to leave that kind of comment.

See? "It" goes both ways, lol.

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This actually says a lot about what devices run the app.
4.3 is not available outside Nexus devices, no?

Technically the Google Play editions of the S4 and HTC One aren't Nexus devices, so there are two.

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Still waitng for that upgrade from Motorola for my Photon!! Oh, wait, I went and bought the Galaxy Note 2 last year when it came out on Sprint: Nevermind...

One of the reasons i flashed jb finally to my HTC View tablet was to use the AC app.

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Alex, I believe it's "doff our caps".

Yes, I was bored.

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