Google updates its Android Distribution numbers

Google updates its Android Distribution numbers

It’s that time of the month again. Google has updated its Platform Version page with the latest figures as of yesterday. As you can see, Gingerbread still accounts for just over half (50.8%) of Android devices, this is shrinking however. Meanwhile Jelly Bean is growing and is up to 6.7% of devices, this number is no doubt thanks to good sales of the Galaxy Note 2 as well as the recent update for the Galaxy S3.


Jelly Bean 4.2 is currently on 0.8% of devices and given that it’s only officially available on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 that gives us at least some insight into how well sales of the Nexus 4 have gone thus far.

Also interesting is that 64.2% of Android users are currently running software that is at least 2 years old. 

Android as a whole seems to be moving in the right direction in terms of updates but these figures show it’s doing so very slowly.

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  • Steve

    Google needs to get their act together. ice cream is only on a quarter of phones after a whole year?? wow

  • Craig bradshaw

    The diversification of Android OS offerings was always going to be an issue that other players in the game like MS and Apple won’t have. Could it do more to allow a smoother upgrade path…perhaps. However it’s a victim of it’s own success. It’s grown big, and fast…they’re playing catchup.

    One thing to note however is that this doesn’t necessarily hint at the sales of the Nexus 4 device simply because of the debacle relating to users obtaining their pre-orders and the lack of stock. It simply highlights the trouble Google is having getting devices into the hands of Consumers, and devices activated.

    • Steve

      Correct me if im wrong but the nexus 4 is available from several other retailers other than google. what the market share figure tells us is that the nexus 4 accounts for a theoretical maximum of 0.8% of sales. it doesnt give us exact sales figures but it does give more info than we had before today.