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With the end of another month, we now have another set of Android platform distribution numbers to look at. Updated today, the stats reveal that Gingerbread is still dominating by quite a large margin, with Ice Cream Sandwich climbing and Jelly Bean making its own gains. Take a look for yourself:

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First up is Gingerbread. While its stranglehold on the distribution chart is still going strong, it has dropped off just a little bit since the last cycle, sliding from 60.3% of all devices to 57.5% last month. Ice Cream Sandwich, meanwhile, has climbed from 15.8% to nearly 21%, which definitely sounds promising. That being said, it looks like Jelly Bean is going through the same arduous climb we've seen from other Android releases, jumping from 0.8% to just over 1% last month.

As usual, Google also provides a historical distribution chart, with the oldest Android iteration on top and all subsequent versions steadily growing below.

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Google's report also includes handy stats for developers like screen sizes and densities and Open GL version. For the full report, just hit the link below.

Source: Android Developer Dashboard

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  • Joe Menard

    I feel like the majority of devices that are running Ginger Bread are Motorola phones. So maybe google will start upgrading (fingers crossed)

    • TheGM0

      American carrier Samsung phones, too.

      • ddpacino

        Some HTCs as well. There are a ton of models out there where GB will be the last update they'll ever see. We may not see GB take a major hit for another year or so... cuz those ICS/JB updates for eligible phones will take a long while.

    • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

      The lag in gingerbread is because of the cheap and midrange phones that got released in 2011 that created a huge marketshare but are basically ignored by manufacturers. Its not just Motorola, its all of the Samsung Ace type of phones people got on cheap contracts or PAYG.

      In reality ICS will probably peak within the next month or two. People running top of the line phones like the S3, the HOX and the new RAZR will get jellybean upgrades and the guys running Froyo and Gingerbread are coming to the end of their 2 year contracts and skip ICS going to JB directly so the graph will probably change pretty rapidly.

      End of the day this "upgrade lag" is a function of the stack em high sell em cheap approach of Android and its OEMs like Samsung.

  • Jeremy Ahn

    It'll change when the S3 gets a Jelly Bean update.

    • Matthew Fry

      I suspect the 5% bump in ICS is from the S3 too.

  • Tyler Jones

    Does this include unofficial upgrades such as cm10?

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

      i believe so, cause ice cream sandwich has too much percentage (cm9 on 4.0.4)...

    • Jays2Kings

      Yes, it's tracked by how many people sign into the play store.

  • Owen Finn

    Nice to see 14% of us still kickin' it Froyo-style...!

    • Raphaël Briand

      Why?!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1274786532 Brian Richey

        I am one of those still rollin' with Froyo. I am waiting for my contract to run out in December, so I can get a newer device for cheap/free.

  • makapav

    Since Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S are the only devices besides the Xoom wifi which have Jelly Bean, can we expect that Google sold ~57 million Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S devices? That's a big hit by any measure!

    Edit: 1.2% of 480 million (=57mil) active android devices out there (custom ROMs and Xoom wifi tablet probably total a couple million at most together.)

    • Jason

      You forgot Nexus 7.

    • hot_spare

      Well, actually it's 5.7million! A decimal makes a huge difference..

  • Ittiam

    80% of Android smartphones sold in India are still running Gingerbread... No wonder that Gingerbread is moving down so slowly... Finally ICS+JB beat Froyo and below :-)

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    I'm part of the 1.2%! (albeit on CM10, not an official upgrade)

  • jaysann22

    I loved Froyo when i had it, but when i was updated to GB, i hated it. Nothing worked, super laggy and glitchy. now that i finally upgraded to ICS, im super happy again. :D

  • Imran

    i do not like ICS in my galaxy note

    • wlmeng11

      Then downgrade to Gingerbread.

      Lucky for you, you don't have a locked down Motorola.