It's that time of the month: get your paycheck, pay your bills, and gather round the Android Developers page for a new look at the distributed versions of the world's most-used mobile operating system. For the two-week period ending on August 1st, Jelly Bean 4.1 rose 1.7% to 34% of the total Android population, becoming the most popular single version of Android for the first time.


The rest of the platform changed very little since July. Jelly Bean 4.2 rose just under 1% to 6.5% of total units, with the Galaxy S4, HTC One and various Nexus devices likely driving that small growth. Combined Jelly Bean installs now account for four out of every ten Android devices, but one week of availability for 4.3 was not apparently enough to shift the scales. Ice Cream Sandwich is still holding steady at 22.5%, a .8% drop, and 2.3 Gingerbread lost just 1.1% to drop to almost exactly one-third of Android devices, proving depressingly tenacious two and a half years after its introduction.

The rest of the Android versions account for less than 3%% of installs between them. 1.6 Donut still clings to life with .1%, the same as 3.0 Honeycomb, with 2.1 Éclair accounting for 1.6% of installs and 2.2 Froyo roughly double that at 2.5%. There are no big surprises here - everything is continuing slowly as it has been for the last few months. We should see Android 4.3 pop into the chart in early September, albeit in a miniscule way.

Google also included a developer-friendly chart for screen densities, showing that more than 80% of Android devices use a combination of screen size and resolution that falls within Android's "normal" range (roughly 240DPI, give or take). Android 4.3 introduced support for XXXHDPI, supporting screens roughly twice as dense as high-end devices like the HTC One and Nexus 10.

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Source: Android Developers

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Sean Thomas

    I feel like 0.1% will be on 1.6 even by the time android 10.0 is out jesus H.

    • Jens Holst Schumacher

      Yeah well... i still have a backup phone running 1.6.
      Every time a phone in the famely is broken it gets used again for a few weeks... soooo..

      • Joshua

        Google changed these charts to only measure the number of devices accessing the Play store on a particular operating system within the given time period. I have a 2.3.4 backup phone that I haven't used in ages, so it isn't counted in the numbers. Unless you guys break a phone and then use the 1.6 phone every couple weeks, then it isn't being counted.

    • Simon Belmont

      Oh yeah. Well, I power up my T-Mobile G1 running Android 1.6 and visit the Google Play Store on purpose every 2 weeks to keep it at 0.1%! :P

      You can't make me stop. Donut shall live forever! :D

      • Sean Thomas

        *has aneurism*

      • someone755

        You have my like, Castlevania fan!

        • Simon Belmont

          Thanks! I think that's the first time someone ever made the connection.

          I salute you, sir. Well done!

          • someone755

            Well I like the original trilogy, plus the Super one from SNES.
            From there onwards, everything went BS in my opinion...

            Also, I wish I could help, but I just upgraded my tablet to Froyo. Ah well, there's got to be a way to downgrade...

          • Simon Belmont

            Wow. You and I are really on the same page.

            I'm a big classic gamer, and I prefer the old school Castlevania games. The newer (especially the really recent 3D titles) pretty much lost me.

          • someone755

            Maybe I'd try out a REALLY new one, in full 3D. I'm just tempted by games with nice graphics and stories (even though the original story ended with the Castlevania X). Just an effect a crappy computer leaves on you :P

  • natabbotts

    Is no-one on 4.3 yet then?

    • bunchies

      There are alot of people using 4.3, IFK why it isn't in the graphs though

      • Thomas’

        My theory: your first access to play store in the time period is stored, not the last one (i.e., not each access). So in theory only NEW 4.3 devices would be in the statistics this time. For instance, the new Nexus 7.

        • Razo_E

          I think the chart measures activation. So if you flash back and forth between a 4.2 and a 4.3 ROM, it might sway the numbers a bit.

          • Thomas’

            No, it does not. I'm pretty sure there're no new 1.6 activations.

            When you start the Play Store (manually, not if the system accesses it), your device ID and Android version will be stored for these statistics.

            Extending my theory i'd guess that both, your ID and Version, will be stored in two different data pools w/o a connection (for privacy reasons). So Google knows how many devices of each version are active and who already was counted, but not which version is used by a particular ID. So they cannot change your Android version if it changes, because they don't know what you used before.

            So you're only counted as 4.3 if
            a) you had it for more than two weeks,
            b) you bought a device with already had 4.3 preinstalled.

            But again, this is just a theory of mine (how i would implement this kind of stuff).

          • akshay7394

            No, they explained how it worked a while back. It USED to work similarly to your theory, but now it's more along the lines of android versions that have accessed the Play Store in the last (insert time period).
            My details aren't 100% accurate, but that's roughly how they're doing it, they changed the method to this a few months ago.

          • Thomas’

            I said "When you start the Play Store", which is exactly what you've written.

          • akshay7394

            Oh my bad, I thought you meant when you start it for the first time after getting the device.

            Misunderstood, sorry. :)

          • someone755

            Maybe that 1.6 was me, since I do a factory reset of my 1.6 tablet every half an hour.

          • Thomas’

            A factory reset is not a new activation.

          • someone755

            I know. Just wanted to tell you that there are still activations of even Cupcake devices.

      • brian

        They only report versions that exceeed .1%

      • Labrat

        With the amount of Android devices being activated each day, I am not sure 4.3 would register any 0.X% on the Pie Chart.

  • Thomas’

    WTF, Android 2.3.0 came back from 0.0% to 0.1% -_-
    JUST DIE, will you?

  • Solust

    I feel that once it hits the end of the year (2 years after the release of 4.0) the number of phones running Gingerbread will drop dramatically. Once the overwhelming majority of phones are on 4.1+ (or maybe even 4.0+ as Google Now isn't entirely essential), Android updates will be less important as Google Play Services provides more feature updates and Android versions tend to provide under the hood changes.

    • Thomas’

      Google Play Services only includes, well, services by Google. So it does not contain features of the OS which are independent of Google.

      It also can not change parts of the OS which are not Java libraries or apps.

      • Solust

        Yes but my point is that most of those changes aren't in the forefront which is where consumers will see them. Even then there are some things (if I remember correctly) like the new location API included as a part of Google Play Services which polls the GPS less often and allows apps to get GPS location based on however often the user sets. This lowers consumer dependency on new versions of Android, though by my personal opinion businesses should be running 4.3 for the under the hood SELinux improvements.

        • Thomas’

          Sure, but the location service is a Google service: your data is send to Google and your position is returned.

          They cannot add Google-independent stuff in the Play Services, because these wouldn't be "official" Android features.

          • Solust

            Well then I'm not sure what your point is. Mine is that people will be less dependent on Android updates after version 4.1 (maybe 4.0) due to Play Services updates.

            Google needs to maintain a degree of dependence on them so that the Play Store stays relevant to their OEM partners. Remember that this is a business and Google has to have methods for making money. So why would Google care to make these features independent?

  • Scott Kennedy

    The HTC One is xxhdpi, so is more than half the density of xxxhdpi.
    Nexus 10, on the other hand, is xhdpi, so is half the density.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    I hope, that at the end of this year, more then 50% of Android devices will already run Jelly Bean.

    • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      It should... It jumped almost 10% in less than two months... At least JB as a whole... 4.1, and 4.2...

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        True. Android "fragmentation" is dying.

        • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

          Not according to the sheep...lol

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            They're sheep, that's why they think Android is fragmentated. In fact, if an iPhone 3GS gets iOS6, it doesn't get all the features iOS6 has, thus, it isn't right to call it iOS6. On the other hand, when an Android phone gets an update, it does have all the features of that update(except maybe when the features are cut because of hardware limitations). So the real fragmented platform here, is iOS and not Android. iSheeps don't see that.

          • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

            I've hammered that point until I was blue with some of these sheep... All they can say is I rather get something than nothing... By the way, I have a 3GS, so I know personally... But my daily driver is a GS2 Epic... For now...

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            iSheeps are the most ignorant fans on the world. I just hate their ignorance.

          • someone755

            +infinity to that. No hate for Apple here, but most of the fans blindly believe every word on those presentations Apple has.

  • Leonardo Baez

    as always the problems is lack of support from manufacturers. I still have 2 devices stuck in 2.3 because samsng is not interesred in update them

    • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      What devices, Are they flagships? You got to look at it like this... Samsung only makes money off the hardware... They sell so many different devices... And it cost money to update all these phones... Cheap phone aren't worth their time or money... Mid rang you might get one update... Flagships they update, but only after so long... I believe after they stop selling that device, not long after they stop updating it... I have a GS2 Epic running 4.1.2 officially... I got two updates in the time I've owned it... I'll most likely not see 4.2 or 4.3... When you buy a device, this is something you have to look at... Is that device going to get a updates... And if you're wanting updates, you got to go with a flagships, or Nexus devices... If those aint a option learn how to root and flash ROM's... I know it does suck... But for these company, it doesn't make business sense to update a phone they make very little money from, or is no longer selling... Apple only does this, because they make money off both sides... Hardware and software...

    • someone755

      If they use older Qualcomm chipsets, that's normal. They tend to drop support for them after a while (they're dropping support for their flagship 2011 chipset right now). But if your chipset actually supports 4.x, then it's probably Sammy.
      Cyanogenmod, brotha :P

      • Simon Belmont

        Citation needed! Qualcomm still supports even the Snapdragon S1 and S2 with some driver enhancements, once in a while.

        I've seen them merged into code for really old devices running those SoCs. Qualcomm is quite good about supporting their SoCs. The Snapdragon S3 is still rather powerful, and it's still being put into some new mid-range phones out there. I'd be surprised if they dropped support for it!

      • Leonardo Baez

        no CM mod (or any custom firmware) for i9003L or p1010

  • Ittiam

    I am still rocking GB.. No plans to buy a new mobile... :-)

    • Matthew Fry


    • someone755

      I still have a Froyo tablet. Man does downgrading to Cupcake feel tempting right now.

  • Simon Belmont

    I would think we'll see Android 4.3 hit the board at least at 1% by the next go around. All those OG N7 tablets getting updated.

    I mean, they DID sell a lot of them. I just updated mine (and my G'Nex).

    • someone755

      Maybe 1.5% :P

  • Dt Bell

    The version stagnation is probably due to the device.

    The old argument that once you pay off the contract, it gets cheaper.

    But you're stuck with an old phone

    • someone755

      As far to my knowledge, only USA carriers use this. Everywhere else, you pay for a phone, either full price or with a discount (depending on which of the contracts you choose -- for 50€/month, you can usually get every phone out there for only 1€). And the price of the monthly fee never changes, even if you buy a new phone. But you do have to pay for it.

  • SE

    You can find historical Android device distribution since Jan 2012 in Android application named 'Development Tools'.

    App Description:- Only for Android Developers! Accelerate your Android development with Development Tools.

    Download URL:- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.becomputer06.adt