Android 2.3 still present on more devices than Jelly Bean & ICS combined

Being the latest Android version, Jelly Bean might still be growing but Ice Cream Sandwich is getting stagnant, shows the latest Android platform data revealed by Google. Devices running on Android 4.0 were 29.1 per cent last month, but that has gone down to 29 per cent this month.

Gingerbread continues to reign at the top as there seems to be no challenger for this OS version. We don’t see it leaving the top stop anytime soon, as the rise of ICS has stopped and Jelly Bean is not going to reach 40 per cent level anytime soon.

One of the reasons for Gingerbread’s reign at the top is availability of budget Android phones from little known manufacturers, which still run on Android 2.3, as loading ICS on such underpowered devices is a mess. These cheap Android phones contribute a lot to the overall figure thus Gingerbread is here to stay.

Rest of the Android versions continue to move downwards. Here is a look at the device shares of each Android version.


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4 thoughts on “Android 2.3 still present on more devices than Jelly Bean & ICS combined

    James Seaboyer

    (November 28, 2013 - 2:52 am)

    Are you able to confirm whether these stats for the OS distribution are global or are specific to India? Does such a breakdown exist on a country-by-country basis?

    Prithvi

    (February 6, 2013 - 1:29 pm)

    Haha … don’t hold me on this one but I am still on Froyo (2.2.2) and can’t wait to board the 4.1 or 4.2 bus. But I am told that it is better to be stuck with Froyo than with Gingerbread. Morale of the story: Jump leap 2 versions every time you wish to get a new Android experience. The excitement stays and it does full justice to the purchase as well. With this, the sage leaves the stage .. Lol!

    Abhishek

    (February 6, 2013 - 12:39 pm)

    Thanks to samsung , which doesn’t provide any update to it’s phones(except the flagship ones), I am stuck with gingerbread since July 2011! I bought the samsung galaxy fit in june 2011, got the gingerbread update from froyo and since then have been killing time on gingerbread, which in my opinion looks so pathetic in front of ICS and JB. Dammit!

    Michael

    (February 6, 2013 - 10:02 am)

    Gingerbread is an absolutely horrible experience which left me missing my iPhone so much. I have since fallen in love with ICS and JB and am a complete Android person. I own an Acer Iconia Tab with ICS and the Nexus 4 with Jellybean. That said, I’m not surprised (though baffled) that Gingerbread is the most used version. I shopped for an unlocked phone for months (I use prepaid service) and most of the phones outside of the high priced Samsung phones were Gingerbread. I was surprised that EVEN Sony’s Xperia line is mostly Gingerbread phones despite prices comparable to Google’s own Nexus line and only capable of 2G/3G speeds (true 3G, not HSPA+).

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