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Google has again updated the current platform version numbers, and they show a reasonably good uptick in the usage of Android 4.0 variants. However, Google's new baby, Jelly Bean, is still bumping along at less than 1% even with all those Nexus 7 tablets.

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Last time Android 4.0 was almost 11%, so those new devices and updates are definitely helping. Gingerbread was, and still is the majority of devices, but it's dropped a few points from roughly 64% to a touch over 60% now. As a reminder, Gingerbread is 20 months old now, and there's really no reason for it to still be so prevalent when ICS has had over half a year to build. You can blame OEMs for the slow rollout of updates and devices shipping with old software.

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If you look at the way the even older versions of the platform are changing, it's clear there is a contingent of users that are still using old devices, and aren't moving on. The numbers for Froyo and earlier are slipping very slowly, with Éclair dipping just 0.5% from July. I can only hope the Jelly Bean rollout goes faster than the ICS one has.  Here's a full breakdown of the changes since last month:

Version July % August % % Change
Cupcake 0.2 0.2 0
Donut 0.5 0.5 0
Eclair 4.7 4.2 -0.5
Froyo 17.3 15.5 -1.8
Gingerbread 64 60.6 -3.4
Honeycomb 2.4 2.3 -0.1
ICS 10.7 15.9 +5.2
Jelly Bean N/A 0.8 +0.8

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • conceptual

    Proud member of the .8% with my Galaxy Nexus!

  • jpfrasier

    It doesn't help that even phones that should be running ICS by now, still aren't. My wife has a Nexus S from AT&T and I had to manually upgrade it to ICS, she never even received Gingerbread 2.3.6.

  • Peterson Silva

    Well, I'm not rich and I live in Brazil, so my almost 1-year-old Froyo will last at least 2 years in my pocket (if it stands the test of time) before I consider buying any other phone...

  • Aaron Douglas Charlong

    We are the .8% :D

    • MonkeyWork

      How much of the 8% is new phones, or ROMs? I want to know what part of that is carrier or OEM push.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=600092244 Wil Alarcon

    I'd love to help out on the JB side......too bad toroplus is all but swept under the rug. *closed fist* Curses!

  • moelsen8

    Where are these cupcake and donut devices? Thats what i want to know. I almost want one.

    • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

      Just to feel retro...lol :)

    • Simon Belmont

      I have to believe that mostly craplets are the only ones still running Cupcake or Donut at this point. You know, the cheap tablets that are like $50 online.

      Those versions of Android are close to 3+ years old now. I'm not surprised.

    • http://twitter.com/HRTheJoey Joey B

      With the early adopters of Android

  • adi19956

    It's the 2 year long contracts, I'm still on Gingerbread with no decent ICS build for my phone (cameras never work)

    • TOMMMMMM

      that's why I'll never buy a non-nexus device again. Rocking the GSM Galaxy Nexus and its even leaps and bounds better than the Sprint variant due to developer support

      • adi19956

        That's unless you have a Nexus One... That doesn't have ICS or Jellybean by Google

        • TOMMMMMM

          That phone is severely old and underpowered, CyanogenMOD isn't even supporting it for ICS.

          • adi19956

            I realise that, but because of 2 year contracts, people could still have them which was my reason for why there are so many Gingerbreads still left. It's because people are trapped

        • cornandbeans

          There are many decent ROMs out there. My Nexus One is still alive and kicking!

  • NickAVV

    I'm in three of those pie slices (JB/ICS/GB). How cool is that?

    • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

      I'm using a LG Optimus V on Froyo, as a mp3 player. Have a GoogleTV so got me some Honeycomb. And rocking a GSII Epic with some ICS... :)

      • NickAVV

        Nice haha, I've got a Droid Incredible 2 with Gingerbread, an Acer A500 with ICS, and a Nexus 7 with Jellybean

        • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

          I can't wait to get a hold of something with JB on it... I think JB is Androids game changer... Top dog with features, and smooth as shit!!! :)

    • Simon Belmont

      My EVO 3D is on ICS. My TouchPad is on ICS.

      My wife's EVO 4G is on GB. My Hero is on GB.

  • http://twitter.com/waytothewaves naomi jacobs

    Switched from Verizon to T-Mo when moving and updated from Gingerbread to ICS. Yay.

  • Dmitry Lekhtuz

    I recently went through the trouble of rooting and installing CWM on my 1 year old Samsung Infuse. All for nothing. Still on Froyo. Can someone recommend a decent ICS ROM?

    • RocketScience11
      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        uummmmm, source code!!!...lol

        • RocketScience11

          what do you mean? Do they not have the source code? I don't think that matters either way, since there are several ics roms and even at least one JB rom..

          • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

            Na, I was doing the homer uummmmm donuts bit...lol

          • RocketScience11

            ohhh i gotcha...

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    Wasn't the jump from ginger, to ICS a bigger one then ICS will be to JB? I think it will be faster, for those devices already on ICS... Hopefully will start seeing newer devices coming out with JB!!!

  • Simon Belmont

    Nice to finally see a larger bump in ICS users. Frankly, 0.8% on Jelly Bean impresses me even now.

    It's only been just over a month. Yay.

    • http://twitter.com/HairoR Hairo R. Carela

      thanks to the cyanogenmod team... also most of the gingerbread (2.3.7) percent belongs to cm7...

  • GazaIan

    Glad to be in that .8%

  • roboguy12

    The crazy thing is that the majority of the 16% ICS users are running ROMs. Carriers REALLY REALLY need to step it up with the whole pushing updates thing, I was still waiting for JB on my Verizon GNex and I probably would have ended up waiting until December at the earliest if I hadn't flashed it myself. What is this teaching us, that we can't depend on these carriers that basically rob us of money with their overpriced data package plans enough to give us the updates we're entitled to? Man, that pisses me off.

    • Christoph Bubbe

      yeah, sure. the majority is using custom roms. the majority doesn't even know what custom roms are.

  • http://twitter.com/thepowerofscott Scott Nienhuis

    I can't believe there are more people with Cupcake than with my 4.0.1. Cursed Virgin Mobile Canada.

  • http://twitter.com/thepowerofscott Scott Nienhuis

    More people are on Cupcake than my ICS 4.0.1.

  • ElfirBFG

    0.8% thanks to epinter.

  • mmmcfc

    ~4 million on Jelly Bean after 2 weeks is not bad

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    ICS Rom, still no official ICS, oh LG, next phone Nexus.

  • wolfkabal

    Give it another 4-6 months. That will put GB at the 2+ year mark. And for the US customers, at upgrade time +/- a few months depending on carrier. Then I think we'll start to see the big push away from GB into ICS/JB.

    I'm ICS on my Epic 4G (Galaxy I), but have been out of contract since before getting the phone (bought the phone myself) - thank goodness for CM9 developers and prolonging the life of the phone, and giving access to newer OSes

  • Tyler Chappell

    Just yesterday, HTC confirmed for me on their FB page that my Thunderbolt is still on track for getting ICS. Made me super happy.

    • MonkeyWork

      Good luck. Mine is still on track for the garbage when my contract is up. It's never had proper support for that ad campaign they put out. I personally blame myself for buying it.