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Dec
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With the end of another month comes a fresh batch of Android platform distribution numbers. Like clockwork, Google has once again updated their numbers, showing Gingerbread's cold, withered hand still holding almost 51% of the pie (though it's down from 54.2% in October), with Jelly Bean making gains to 6.7%, up 4% from last month.

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Predictably, Ice Cream Sandwich is still making some gains, rising about 2% to 27.5% from October, Honeycomb is holding tight at 1.6% with a mere 0.2% change for API level 13, and pre-2.3 releases are still dropping off (though Cupcake and Donut are still holding on for dear life).

Like always, the arrival of a new pie chart brings an updated historical distribution chart, which shows the growth and decline of each version of Android in a lovely visual that sorts builds old to new, top to bottom. Interestingly, Google has opted to lump some builds together under their overarching code names, for example ditching the 4.0.x designation for simply "Ice Cream Sandwich."

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To see the full report (including more interesting and useful numbers), just hit the link below.

Source: Android Developer Dashboard

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • aNYthing6

    Did you do the math right? I see Gingerbread at 50.8%.

    • Aaron Douglas Charlong

      @aNYthing6:disqus is right. Seems someone needs to go back to elementary math haha.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        It was a typo, obviously @LiamSpradlin:disqus knows how to add 0.2.

        • Aaron Douglas Charlong

          I would hope haha

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Sorry about that, I've updated the numbers.

  • Carlos Santos

    Just saying: 50.6 + 0.2 = 50.8

  • portaltonowhere

    HUZZAHH!! I'm part of the 0.8%...Take THAT 1%ers!

    • Cherokee4Life

      I'm part of the 0.8% the 27.5% and the 50.8%! take that!!!!

    • Jay T

      I'm part of the 0.8%, twice, and the 5.9%, once.

      • Justin W

        I'm part of the 0.8% four times... One N4, 2 N7's, and one N10. Both N7's are being gifted, though I use both of them frequently.

        • Jay T

          I love my N7, although so do my Mum and bro, so I don't get it very often. I mostly use my N10.

          I have a GS3, which is nice, cause it has space for all my music, and also the microSD slot is nice. ;)

  • Danny Holyoake

    An interesting conclusion to make from this is that Nexus devices amount to 0.8%.

    • Jays2Kings

      Well there's the nexus devices that won't get the update (Nexus S), nexus devices that haven't gotten the update (carrier variants of nexus devices), those who haven't updated to 4.2 yet (either refusual or on a custom, but old ROM), and those non-nexus devices on 4.2 custom ROMs.

      Still 0.8% of around 500 million devices means around 4 million devices on 4.2, which isn't that bad either.

  • Tim Peyton

    Again, it makes sense that GB is still holding on. Some of us are still on 2-year contracts with our phones that we bought back in 2011.

  • Mapplegate

    I just want to say that I'm doing my part... I upgraded a friend's Motorola Razr from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich yesterday.

    • Thomas Kjeldsen

      Good work Mapplegate. Unfortunately you just missed the statistics by a day or two then, but we'll see your efforts next time. :)

      I upgraded two phones myself this month (GB -> Sony ICS & FroYo -> JB custom ROM). Still waiting on LG for P990 ICS kernel sources, but then I'll upgrade one more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelgonzalez2012 Michael Gonzalez

    It's sad that because of carriers and manufacturers about 50% of the smartphones which run Android use an Operating System that is 2 years old. Gingerbread came out in Dec 2010. Even ICS which is 1 year old is only on a quarter of the phones out there. That is pathetic. We need to stand up to carriers and manufacturers by changing how we choose to buy. For example going with Nexus phones to avoid bloatware. It's time we make that known to those idiots.

    • Treknologist

      That is precisely why my next phone is a Nexus. I just have to wait for the fracking contract to end so I can do the switch.

      • GPSeattle

        Or just pay the early termination fee. I am in the process and will save $50 per month. Wont take long to start saving on our 2 lines :-) I decided to go with Solavei.

    • Mario

      If only the nexus phones weren't trying to be like an iphone and take away things like expandable memory, and removable batteries. If that was the case I would buy a nexus in a heart beat. I hate to side with Apple but it does feel like companies want to copy the iphone so badly. These things may not be important to some, but they are important, and have been a part of Android phones since day one. Not sure why they're moving away from that with the nexus line. Until they realize that there's more than one demographic, the manufactures will keep selling phones that provide those other options

      • Al McDowall

        Hey Mario,

        For what it's worth, I am with you on replaceable batteries and expandable memory, but I bought a Galaxy Nexus (the one before Nexus 4) and I absolutely love it. It does have a replaceable battery, but it was the memory I was most concerned about. I have yet to get near to full and am not having to do too much file based housekeeping. It actually is enough memory for me.

        Granted I don't store movies on my phone, but I do have a fair few MP3s, plenty of photos taken with the phone, and no end of apps (most of which I don't actually use!!)

        I still think those two points are real advantages in a phone, but I have not been disappointed with my choice of phone. For me, I've traded one advantage (SD cards) for two others (complete lack of skinning or bloatware and fast OS updates)

        I suspect I will stay with Nexus models from now on.

      • ANex

        I can't agree with you more. I don't know why Google is taking choices away from us when Android is about choice. Is Nexus setting a good example? Not at all. Sigh, is SD card slot and removable battery a lot to ask for?
        I miss the days when the Nexus line is developer oriented instead of customer oriented.

      • GraveUypo

        right there with you. i'd rather have an outdated OS than limited hardware. but the thing is: i don't really have to choose between them. i'm on jellybean AND i have a sd card + removable battery.

        one thing is for sure, i'd never buy a nexus phone if they stay the way they are now.

    • http://twitter.com/Balsta Matt Holbrook

      Remember, this includes phones in developing countries too, where an older phone might be great to them but be limited to gingerbread.

  • Jafkk

    I still see many HTC Desire's around, all running with Froyo.
    Im one of them myself.. yea I admit it. Im polluting this chart with my device!!

    • Thomas Kjeldsen

      It wasn't easy, but I just upgraded my Desire to an unofficial build of CM10: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1945441

      Loving the Jellybean but most of all the increased system memory, but in reality it's only to keep me going while waiting for the N4.

    • ANex

      My Nexus One is running CM10. You should try it out :)

  • nukeblitz

    Considering there are about 600 million android devices activated so far, there are 5 million galaxy nexus and higher nexus devices. I suppose all of these don't access the play store during the survey but we'll ignore that. Since there are about 500K galaxy nexus and a negligible amount of nexus 4 and 10, number of nexus 7s should be about 4 million...probably lesser than that actually because the total number of devices accessing the play store during this period won't be 600M. I will go with 3.5M...

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Considering ASUS' October claims that they're selling close to 1mil N7s a month, I'd say your calculation isn't too far off.

  • itsgonnalast

    I'm still stubbornly using Honeycomb. hahaha

    • TylerChappell

      What's wrong with you? What device is it? You should feel ashamed unless ICS simply is not available for your device, but since you say stubbornly, you imply that it is.

      • itsgonnalast

        It's not available - HTC Flyer

        • TylerChappell

          Ah ok, I was hopping it was one of the HTC devices, I almost bought that when it came out, I am so glad I waited a year for the Nexus 7. =]

  • Asphyx

    What is sad is just about all of those who are in that Gingerbread slice are not going to move to a newer version slice until they get a new unit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cristi.istrate Cristi Istrate

    JB 4% looking good

  • Ittiam

    We have 4 android devices in my family... two are on Gingerbread. One on ICS and my brand new Nexus 7 on the latest 4.2.1 :-)

    • Nevi_me

      Anything you can do about the two on Gingerbread?

      • Ittiam

        Nopes... not without rooting, which is too big a risk to take... dont want to take a chance with bricking....

        Anyways, probably 70% of new phones sold by Samsung in India still comes with 2.3 out of the box. And since 100% of Indian market is pre-paid phones, there is no upgrade concept at all for these phones

  • jamaall

    RAZR HD update will add more to jelly bean, just started rolling out today. I have RAZR m 4.1 and nexus 7 4.2.

  • DeadSOL

    At this point in time, I believe that Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, and Honeycomb should all be at 0%. People need to buy new phones! I'm not talking about expensive ones. The new Xperia phones and the Desire phones are pretty economically priced. I think people should start making the shift so that we can increase the percentage of ICS users.

    • coversnails

      Yeah developing world what do you think you're playing at, hurry up and replace your perfectly working phones so that a graph stat looks marginally different.

      • DeadSOL

        Actually, I live in a third world country so I know what I'm talking about. ;)

  • Ezhik

    So 99.2% of Android phones are running outdated software. That's still very sad.

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