The new numbers from Google about Android usage are out, and it’s nice to see that the userbase on JellyBean is slowly increasing.
Jellybean (4.1 and 4.1) accounts for 13.6% of the market now, which shows a bit of growth. It is still a fairly small percentage when you consider that Ice Cream Sandwich (4.03 – 4.04) accounts for 29%, and Gingerbread (2.3 – 2.3.7) accounts for a majority with 45.6%
As ICS and JB account for the “Modern” versions of Android, it’s safe to assume that 32.6% of Android users are up to date in terms of compatibility with most applications. That’s all that matters to most people, so that’s a good sign. I’d like to see this number grow soon, but it might not happen. Many Gingerbread devices are stuck there due to issues with space and power requirements for ICS and JB. In order for them to perform correctly and give the user a good experience, they need to stay on GB. However, most devices running anything below GB can update without many issues. That being said, there’s really no excuse for any device to be below version 2.3.7, and if they are capable of running ICS, they can definitely run JB. Ideally, the only versions on this chart would be JB and GB. Unfortunately, due to carrier bureaucracy and manufacturer laziness, this will never happen.
I’m allowed to dream right?
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