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As usual Google has updated monthly platform distribution numbers for Android in its developer dashboard. The numbers, based on devices accessing the Play Store over the last 14 days (ending May 1st), tell developers which versions of Android are most prevalent, and which are on the decline.

This month, as last month, we're seeing a decline in Gingerbread and a rise in Jelly Bean. Gingerbread has dropped from 39.8% to 38.5%, a 1.3% drop for those keeping tally at home. Jelly Bean, meanwhile, has seen a slightly more substantial shift, rising 3.4% from 25% to 28.4%.

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Elsewhere, the ebb and flow of version numbers is more or less expected. Éclair and Donut are grasping for dear life, sitting still at 1.7% and 0.1% respectively, Froyo has dropped a mere 0.3%, and Honeycomb has dropped another 0.1%. Ice Cream Sandwich, likewise, is down 1.8% to 27.5%. To see the numbers (and other useful info) hit the link below.

Source: Android Developers Dashboard

Liam Spradlin
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  • NemaCystX

    Atleast you guys know how to add, compared to another site *cough* droid-life *cough*

  • BlueAce127

    That's great!

  • Niall Till

    Are you ever going to post an update to the long graph showing how platform numbers have changed over Android's history?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      SHHHHHHHHHH.
      >.>
      <.<
      (If Artem sees this he'll make me do it.)
      (I'm busy!)

    • vir ingens
      • http://twitter.com/RaspberryDuff Matt

        Hmmm that chart ends at February. Isn't the continuity of such a chart screwed when Google changed the way it records Android version share? Isn't a jump from 9 or 10% to 24% or whatever basically misleading at that point?

        • vir ingens

          Here is an unofficial one from App Brain, which did not change the way to count. But only for the last couple of months. http://www.appbrain.com/stats/top-android-sdk-versions

          • http://twitter.com/RaspberryDuff Matt

            Ok, but AppBrain is still using a similar metric to Google Play, so the numbers will be similar (e.g., people who are actively using the store). The previous numbers for Android, based on my understanding, included every phone that connected to Google servers, even the ones sitting around in the basement or being used by people who never downloaded apps. The new numbers and the AppBrain numbers, however, are based on people who actively check into the app stores. These are obviously far more accurate for developers in terms of whom they should target, but still not comparable. However, the AppBrain numbers do let us compare better to previous months, so thanks for that.

  • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

    Looks like too me, ICS won't be take the throne from Gingerbread... That make it seem like fragmentation ain't as bad as it once was... Seems like they are getting better at this...

    • David Dudovitz

      Yeah, but "Jelly Bean" is being set up to on purpose, considering that they are about to release a third version of the OS under that same name (assuming AP is right).

      • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

        I agree... Most of it is on JB 4.1.X... These are most likely incremental updates tho...

    • gfuego

      When you consider 2.5% is on the CURRENT version of jellybean, fragmentation hasnt gone anywhere. Google is just making seem less of an issue because they're keeping the name the same for the 3rd time in a row now.

      • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

        4.2.X was a incremental update tho...

        • Metallinatus

          He is talking about the rumors (it is almost a fact already) that the next version will be 4.3 Jelly Bean....

          • gfuego

            Exactly. Look at all the downvotes I got haha.

            AP did exactly what Google is trying to get people to do, group the last 3 updates into "Jellybean" and say hey look cool we are over 28% on the current version.

            ......Well no, we're at 2.3%. Just because its covered under the same name doesnt make it any different.

            Don't get me wrong... I really dont see an issue with fragmentation, but you can see right through what google is trying to do here.

          • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

            All I'm saying is 4.2.X is a incremental update to 4.1.X... It doesn't really offer much from the previous version... And that ICS is being completely phased out... We have no idea what this next version of JB will offer, but at least we wont be 3 version behind, even if there's 3 different versions of JB... As far as I'm concerned, the first two are pretty much the same...

          • John O’Connor

            In that same vein, IOS (and every other operating system out there!) would be considered fragmented.

            IOS 6.0, 6.01, 6.02, 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.3 - DO WE CALL THIS FRAGMENTATION!? Or is it just considered one and the same iOS6?

            Sorry to shout, but if you believe incremental updates, which include hotfixes, patches, kernel tweaks, service packs, bug fixes, et al., are true fragmentation, than we should literally see that Microsoft Windows is in the 500th iteration. Incremental updates on any system do not necessitate rebranding or new nomenclature.

            It is very naive to try to continuously argue that Android is much more fragmented than any other OS, whether Mobile, Desktop, Embedded Systems or Martian for crying out loud.

            Any six year old can clearly see through this manipulation of data.

            #endrant #theconchispassed #steppedoffofmysoapbox #iyieldthefloor

      • theangi

        From developer point of view - and that's the purpose of these stats -
        it's not a really big problem. A great change has been made from API
        11+, and these charts tell developers that they could write Fragment-Holo-based app adressed to approx 60% of device accessing play store. The last year a small developer like me should have wrote a gingerbread-style app, and than "port" it to look better in android 4.0+. Now I could focus my development in 4.0+ and then eventually support pre Honeycomb versions. IMHO of course, and I'm a small developer!

    • djah

      Didnt they change the way that was calculated to make the numbers look better?

      • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

        I'm not sure...

      • gfuego

        Yes

      • vir ingens

        Yes. Previously, they just counted devices with Google accounts on their phones (which means pretty much every device), and now devices who download more apps count more. Which actually makes sense, because If a developer wants to decide if he wants to make his app 4.0+ because of some missing APIs in previous versions, he does not care about users who don't download apps at all or just the two or three they need.

        • PeterIsemann

          This is just not true, periode. Before, Google counted every device that contacted the play store at least once in a given period which was basically every device looking for updates no matter if the user used the device or not. Now only devices where a user actively visited the play store are counted. Get your facts straight.

    • Simon Belmont

      To me, I just read it as 56% of devices are on Android 4.x. ICS and up is where Android has really shown greater functionality and polish.

      I know Jelly Bean has Project Butter and so forth, but ICS is no slouch. I'm just glad that Android 4.x, as a whole, is finally surpassing Gingerbread.

      • vir ingens

        Polish? Just look at all those Touchwiz ruined devices... There are also ICS Sensations with Sense 3.6, not to mention Sense 4.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    once those contracts are up and couple screens crack that gingerbread numbers will happily decrease. Like damn, i know not everyone has it as good as me but those are some old phones.

    • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

      Contracts make smartphones look affordable in the US but contracts are not so popular in rest of the world. So (most) people don't really upgrade their phone every 2 years.

  • John O’Connor

    It's seems some people still love their donuts... Maybe all of the extra fat and cholesterol will kill them off in a few years.

    • Chris

      like a Jelly bean is any different lol

  • mldi

    Screw you, Gingerbread!

    In related news, I really wish they would start breaking this down to regions.

  • Paul

    Still hard to believe that the biggest percentage of Android phones out there right now are Android 2.3; I love Android and using custom ROM's and CWM/TWRP I can always stay on the latest, but Google needs to wrestle control of updates out of the hands of carriers and manufacturers. Did Microsoft leave it up to Dell/HP to provide updates to the core OS? Did Dell/HP get a say-so if Microsoft wanted to patch XYZ component of Windows?

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    And those 38.5% Android users still can't use Google Now, while rival iOS users can happily playing with one of Google's greatest mobile product. C'mon, Google, you can do better!

  • Asphyx

    While it's nice to see GB being less than 50% of all installations...these numbers are still a testament to just how bad manufacturers are at keeping their hardware current and how the Carriers have RUINED a consumer's ability to upgrade to newer units due to the cost and reluctance to extend these predatory contracts they force you into to get an upgrade!

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