Jelly Bean now running on 10% of Android devices, Gingerbread falls below 50% for the first time in a year

Daniel Bader

January 3, 2013 5:42pm


We knew it was coming today and, like clockwork, Google has released the latest Android distribution numbers. Good news for those looking for proof that users are readily upgrading their older devices. The number of Gingerbread users dropped below 50% for the first time in over a year. The big difference between now and a year ago is that Froyo is down to 9% from 30% and Cupcake, Donut and Eclair are barely blips on the radar any longer. Twelve months ago, too, Android 4.0 made up less than a percent of users.

Today, the portrait is very different. ICS and Jelly Bean, in both forms, combine to make up nearly 40% of overall users. ICS has jumped 1.6% since December and Jelly Bean 4.1 has risen 3.1% to 9% overall. Jelly Bean 4.2 now makes up 1.2% of the overall pie, a boost of 0.4% from the previous month.

Aside from the Nexus 4, there have been no smartphones launched with Android 4.2. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, along with a couple Asus tablets, run Android 4.2 natively, and there are a few thousand CyanogenMOD 10.1 users affecting the makeup.

Overall, though, things are looking relatively healthy for the Android ecosystem. Gingerbread may not be dropping as quickly as many users and developers would prefer, but it’s a slow and steady race to the top. This month also marks the first time that Android 1.5 Cupcake comprises less than 0.1% of the distribution chart; Donut should go next, and then hopefully Honeycomb.

For all the pertinent information, head on over to Android Developers.

Via: Android Central

  • Chris Manchur

    Even though I love Android, I am kind of saddened that almost 80% of the devices are run by an OS that are 1-2 years old.

    • Edmuntun Alburta

      Keep your hands off our tarsands. Its not yours, its ours.
      You all can freze in teh dark.

    • Alex

      You should take into account that most of this devices are older than 1-2 years and they simply cannot support latest firmware.

  • COBwiggy

    I am runnin good ol’ Android 4.2.1 🙂

  • Sean

    I look forward to the day where they can simply sum it up with Pre 4.0 and Post 4.0 and go from there with 4.0, 4.1 etc

  • Bobby

    I am running 4.1 but I think the biggest thing that would keep people behind is not being ablw to save apps to sd without rooting.

  • GNexUser

    Running 4.2.1 on my Galaxy Nexus (yakju) and Nexus 10

  • Brad F(anboy)

    Are these phones that are currently being sold, or currently being used? How do they account for all the phones that are purchased without a data plan and then never connected to WiFi?

    • Sean

      They don’t they go by check ins to the Google Play store which i assume most people go to for either updates or new apps

    • Brad F(anboy)

      @Sean But a large part of Android’s market is $0 and prepaid phones, most of which are activated without data plans. Unless the users connect to WiFi to get apps they’ll never show up in Google’s numbers.

      These numbers are in no way a representation of all Android devices currently in use.

    • Richard

      The data is collected from the Play Store. It’s aimed at developers to help them better target their audience by letting them know what the people who are likely to download their apps are running on their device.

  • Rich

    The real question is how many of these are ROMS. Hell, even my Galaxy S can run Jelly Bean… not sure why there’s so many BS excuses about upgrades.

  • EvanK

    I’m sorry, but who the hell still runs Donut?

  • hotcar

    to bad my atrix 4g is stuck on 2.3.6 🙁

  • screamer

    First they should sell only unlocked phone. Then we would get updates faster! Simple and easy!

  • Tyco

    Android makes my bum hurt 🙁