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Google has made its monthly update to the developer dashboard with new platform distribution numbers, and KitKat is on a roll (finally). After making up only 2.5% of active Android devices last month, it's now at 5.3%. Yes, it more than doubled. Those continued Samsung updates probably have a lot to do with the jump.

2014-04-01 19_11_39-Dashboards _ Android Developers

Jelly Bean collectively still makes up the majority of Android devices at 61.4%, but that's a slight decline from last month's 62% share. Gingerbread also lost a few percent, falling from 19% to 17.8%. This very gradual drop is probably due to the fact no Gingerbread devices are actively being updated to new versions of Android. The only way the number of GB devices drops is when people replace their old (probably prepaid) devices.

The Android version distribution is what everyone really wants to know, but let's not forget this is a developer tool. It also includes data on screen sizes and OpenGL versions among Android devices. Hit the link below for all that stuff.

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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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  • AbbyZFresh

    At least KitKat is getting somewhere. I'm surprised the most at the JellyBean decline happening so soon. I expected the decline to happen later by at least late 2014/early 2015.

    I don't understand how Gingerbread is still this strong in the market. Do people really have no money to buy newer Android phones?

    • Peter Farac

      They still sell plenty of Gingerbread phones. Samsung sell a heap of them. Go down to your local phone shop and check out what they offer on prepaid.

      • Chris P

        Thankfully most of their latest budget offerings ship with some iteration of Jelly Bean... though retailers here in NZ are still trying to get rid of the last of their first-gen, Gingerbread-powered Galaxy Ys... at an insulting $150 per unit :z

        • vyktorsouza

          same happens here in Brazil for the exact same price
          althought Galaxy Y is declining and Moto G taking its place as "popular smartphone"

          • AbbyZFresh

            Wow. As a fellow Moto G owner from U.S. ,Congrats to Motorola in Brazil. How's the market share?

          • vyktorsouza

            no idea

          • Eric

            I still don't see many G's around.
            Samsung made a really awful impact in Brazil. And many people still see Motorola as a second class manufacturer.

          • vyktorsouza

            I live in, like, the middle of nowhere and I have a bunch of friends who own Moto Gs and also afaik the city's university is full of them

    • knizmi

      It may not be just a matter of money. For many people those old phones are still good enough and they do not care about the system it runs.

      • teolinux

        ^ THAT

    • samwill

      People who aren't that materialistic don't really care. My mother's phone still runs Gingerbread, but she didn't even want a smartphone when we bought that one for her (around when Jellybean first first came out). You sound as though you'd be surprised that anyone even still has a "dumbphone."

    • Zargh

      There was also the part where there wasn't really a clean transition from GB->ICS due to HC being tablet only. So during the year gap there more devices sold on a single version than usual. Not only that but because ICS was such a big jump requirements wise, OEMS stuck with it even longer on top of that as they had already designed products around GB.

    • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

      Some people really have no money to buy newer phones.

      My wife still uses her (HTC) G2 daily. It is a rock-solid phone. She'd like a new one and I'd like to get her a new one, but we can't budget the $200 for a Moto-G right now, and since we're both on the T-Mobile $30 plan it's the only sensible option.

      • Severo Rivera

        Well that sucks...

    • Ramiro Fernandez

      Many people have said that there simply isn't the desire to do so (my dad's still rocking Froyo on his HTC Desire).
      However, I'd say the main reason is that so many prepaid phones are still for sale running Gingerbread, old crappy cheap phones (mainly from Samsung). Hopefully the excellent value of the Moto G and also the fact that it's no longer possible to certify new phones that run anything older than JB will speed up the decline of these old versions of Android.

  • Kyle Riedemann

    The Gingerbread number also drops as newer devices are activated (ones that presumably don't run Gingerbread).

    • Doakie

      But I my 2 year old just received a $10 Tracfone LG Optimus Net for Christmas that still runs Gingerbread! Well actually it was a hand me down that she received when her two older sisters (5 & 3 years old) both received Kyocera Hydro's from the $10 Target Sale.

      $10 Android phones for toddlers work great BTW. I just disabled the radios in them and installed Auto Airplane Mode now the batteries last extra long. My 5 year old runs around taking pretty good pictures with her "tiny Android tablet". And my 2 year olds Gingerbread phone has Zoodles installed to block her from doing anything bad.

      Tech nerd parent FTW! Keeping Gingerbread kicking with my offspring.

    • opal

      Thx Captain!

  • Suhas Vemuri

    Wow.. 81% of devices are now 4.0+.. Though it may sound trivial since 4.0 was out 3 years ago, Its great Apps-wise..

  • vyktorsouza

    Anything before 4.0 needs to DIE

    • AbbyZFresh

      4.0 isn't wasn't that good. It still had many problems despite the UI overhaul. It's Jelly Bean that was the icing on the cake.

      • maximilien321

        My Uncle Jacob got a year 2013 Audi TT RS
        Coupe by working part time online. imp source C­a­s­h­D­u­t­i­e­s­.­ℂ­o­m

        • Akshay Mehta

          No !

        • aouniat

          My uncle got a year 2014 Audi TT TS ! And that's only by following the links you post everywhere! You brilliant b**ch :) !

      • Adrian Meredith

        He means api and compatability wise

        • vyktorsouza

          I don't really, I was talking about the pre-ICS ugly interface XD

          • Kyle Riedemann

            That's the oldest API level that I'll ever support, but sometimes you need to support Gingerbread. That's why developers hate it so much, you need to do alot of extra work to make your app worse in most cases. Like using the sherlock action bar to have the app even look the same on older versions.

      • Matthew Fry

        Eh. ICS ran great on my Galaxy S.

    • Koveia

      They will die as the hardware cease to function, no need to rush.

      Assuming android device have 5-years lifespan, device using Gingerbread/Honeycomb will cease completely by 2016.

    • Somedude

      JOJOJOJOJOJOJOJO what a pathetic statistic. On Apple, iOS 7.1 (the last one) already runs in the majority of devices. The fragmentation on android is very pathetic JOJOJOJOJOJOJO

      • vyktorsouza

        JOJOJOJJOJJOJOJOJO nobody cares JOJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJO

        • Somedude

          You care enough to answer. I repeat, a pathetic statistic. JOJOJOJOJOJOIOJOJOJOJOJO. I will now go to bgr, people are more friendly there.

          • vyktorsouza

            k bye

          • C64

            You will not be missed

          • fried_egg_isPoop

            And stay there. Don't come back.

          • Somedude

            I am here. I am back! JOJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJO. swinsung aka snoutsung sucks!

      • Cao Meo

        Do you even know what fragmentation means and why it's bad?

        • teolinux

          Exactly. As I wrote in my previous comment, the fragmentation is bad for app developers if they don't have a standard target to develop for.
          Since the introduction an constant raise of the Google Play Services, the framework to rely on is almost in every device, constantly silently automatically updated.

          On top of that Apple is lying and deceiving the consumers: they claim they release a x.y version of their iOS, but actually the best features are to be found only in the latest model.

          Ex: do you have Siri on iPhone 4 if you update to 7.1??? NO

        • teolinux

          Exactly. As I wrote in my previous comment, the fragmentation is bad for app developers if they don't have a standard target to develop for.
          Since the introduction an constant raise of the Google Play Services, the framework to rely on is almost in every device, constantly silently automatically updated.

          On top of that Apple is lying and deceiving the consumers: they claim they release a x.y version of their iOS, but actually the best features are to be found only in the latest model.

          Ex: do you have Siri on iPhone 4 if you update to 7.1??? NO

        • Roberth1234

          I don't think he knows what the word pathetic even means.

      • teolinux

        Most of the best apps nowadays rely on Google Play Services, which is a closed source , automatically updated framework that runs on almost every android device, no matter what the version or carrier or OEM manufacturer.
        So from the point of view of the apps you have no point.
        The only things different in the user experience for that 20% below 4.x are the gimmicks in the user interface.
        So, for developers, the fragmentation is a very minor problem.
        Let alone the fact that many people with a device with upgrade available don't even care to update (like many samsung owner still on 2.3 when 4.1 is available, just because the phone is working in a satisfactory way since out of the box)!!!!!
        For those who care: install the updates (if available) or enjoy the multitude of wonderful custom ROMs on XDA.

        Have fun with your iPhone JOJOJOJOJO

        • Somedude

          I will go a play infinity blade 3 with my iPad Air. And later I will make some good songs on GarageBand. Too bad you don't have any good those apps on android. JOJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJO

          • teolinux

            So you ran out of arguments on the inconvenience for users derived by the supposed "fragmentation" , and you shift focus on who's got more apps?
            Your troll life is so sad.
            Why you're even here getting downvotes instead of composing the next great Apple commercial soundtrack on your shiny GarageBand?

      • teolinux

        Most of the best apps nowadays rely on Google Play Services, which is a closed source , automatically updated framework that runs on almost every android device, no matter what the version or carrier or OEM manufacturer.
        So from the point of view of the apps you have no point.
        The only things different in the user experience for that 20% below 4.x are the gimmicks in the user interface.
        So, for developers, the fragmentation is a very minor problem.
        Let alone the fact that many people with a device with upgrade available don't even care to update (like many samsung owner still on 2.3 when 4.1 is available, just because the phone is working in a satisfactory way since out of the box)!!!!!
        For those who care: install the updates (if available) or enjoy the multitude of wonderful custom ROMs on XDA.

        Have fun with your iPhone JOJOJOJOJO

      • abobobilly

        Bitch Please.

      • Brad

        Isn't the latest version crippled on older phones? Besides that, Apple has it right with pushing out the updates themselves... I can agree. Doesn't make it pathetic... I wish all devices got the nexus treatment as far as upgrades are concerned.

    • abobobilly

      actually ICS was a rubbish update in my books. It was jelly bean which should be considered here.

    • KingofPing

      Why?

      Serious question. The fragmentation argument is moot due to the latest play services APIs...so why, in your opinion, shouldn't my family use our old GB devices as backups, media players, and alarm clocks?

      • vyktorsouza

        don't take it so seriously, I have a friend using Froyo, it hurts my eyes, but whatevs, it's not mine so Idc

        • KingofPing

          Oh, my bad. I took the whole "must DIE" as meaning yo, like, cared...or something.

          But seeing as you don't, I'm sure you won't mind if GB sticks around a while yet. :-)

  • polesmoker99

    I will literally cheer when Honeycomb and Froyo finally drop to 0.0 and vanish. Gingerbread is stubborn and will take some time to go away. Although I have a great solution!!! Disable the Play Store for anything under ICS. >:)

    • AbbyZFresh

      Why will you cheer when Honeycomb and Froyo are completely irrelevant. They're not bothering anybody with their small shares.

      Gingerbread is the problem because they are so old and laggy yet still have a strong influence on today's Android market with almost 18% share. Many people still scoff away at Android because of the GB and prior days.

      • polesmoker99

        I was just being silly for April Fool's Day. The only reason sub-Jelly Bean stuff bothers me is because fragmentation issues and having to develop for the lowest common denominator. And exactly what you said about GB. The sooner we can get away from all sub 4.0, the better.

      • polesmoker99

        I was just being silly for April Fool's Day. The only reason sub-Jelly Bean stuff bothers me is because fragmentation issues and having to develop for the lowest common denominator. And exactly what you said about GB. The sooner we can get away from all sub 4.0, the better.

    • Raymond Berger

      Disabling the Play Store for anything under ICS would be absolutely evil!

      • polesmoker99

        Some men just want to watch the world burn...

    • Koveia

      I'm glad you're not in charge of Play Store..

      • polesmoker99

        :(

    • http://twitter.com/yo2boy_ yo2boy

      You would cause so much chaos if that actually happened.

      • polesmoker99

        :)~

      • polesmoker99

        :)~

    • KingofPing

      You're joking, right?

      • polesmoker99

        Yes.

  • NArciso

    Also, Blame Moto G success on emerging economies like Brazil and India... markets that used to had Gingerbread-Samsung majority now haves KitKat-Motorola!

    • briankariu

      I also think the Moto G is responsible for the spike in kitkat numbers

      • teolinux

        yes, but also don't forget the gazillions Samsung sold!
        Every Galaxy S something (or Note) has sold 10/20 millions of unit.
        Update just one of them, and in few days the KK % boosts up

    • Roh_Mish

      People here jin India are somewhat attached to Samsung now. My friend has a S4 which is not a bad device but for his small brother who will be getting his first phone, he wants to give him Samsung. I and one of my other friend told him to get Moto G or Xperia C (he could get it at similar price by giving an old phone. Be has one which he does not use anymore). But he at last gave him the galaxy S Duos which is forever stuck on ICS, is laggy, skips frame even while going to the app drower

      • Mandeep Singh

        Moto g ok
        But xperia c are you kidding me ???

  • remister

    Yea I am done with the 1%, stupid Asian companies, that won't develop for the latest version.

    • polesmoker99

      Racist.

  • Thomas’

    Most interesting point here is that 4.3 has already reached its peak. All these cheap devices with MediaTek CPUs are stuck on 4.2.2, and Samsung, amongst others, skipped 4.3 for many devices.

    • teolinux

      I've always seen 4.3 as a stop-gap solution. Just like 3.0 was.
      And KK has so many interesting features (minor memory footprint, lighter interface) that every device producer would be crazy not considering jumping on that bandwagon.

    • Sandeep.H

      Nope, Mediatek is coming up with Kitkat on their newer SOC's. Their older SOC's will be abandoned for sure though.

      • RichardG867

        Motorola released two low-end phones last year based on previous-generation Mediatek SoCs (MT6575 and MT6577), and when asked for KitKat, they say it's coming on the first half of 2014. I call lies though.

        • Sandeep.H

          Well, first quarter of 2014 is already over. So I'm afraid it will ever come. When it comes to Mediatek, the OEM's really can't do anything much considering the closed source nature of MTK. And the worst case is, Mediatek provides their source for a license fee for manufactures for their own modding which is so illegal. Therefore the thing is Mediatek is pretty much in control about the OS updates on their chipsets used on many handsets. They simply abandon their old one's and releases their new SOCs with upgraded drivers and latest OS. And the OEM's can only make empty promises unless they've paid Mediatek for the source :/

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    Gingerbread is like the Windows XP of the Android World......it needs to die sooner rather than later...

    • KingofPing

      Why? What harm does it do you that my family has 3 GB devices in use as backup devices, media players, and alarms? Why should we get rid of them for you?

  • abobobilly

    I have never understood why manufacturers don't just release the latest available operating system with their newly released devices. Then there is that HUGE lag in updates.

    As long as we have this problem of every company releasing updates on its own schedule, we might never see Android reach its full glory.

    With that being said ... DEATH.TO.GINGERBREAD.

    ALL HAIL THE KIT KAT.

  • Matthew Fry

    I'd like to see a graph with devices that have changed versions this month and what they used to be running. I feel like that would be both enlightening and easy to do.

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