It’s taken a while, but it looks as though Android 2.3 Gingerbread’s days as the dominant version of Android are numbered. The latest numbers from Google’s (GOOG) Android Developers page show that Gingerbread’s share of all Android devices has finally dropped below the 50% threshold as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean have at last started to catch on. According to Google, 29% of Android devices use Ice Cream Sandwich while 10% use some variation of Jelly Bean. Even so, the fact that Gingerbread is still the most widely used version of Android more than two years after its debut shows that fragmentation is still a significant issue for the world’s most popular mobile operating system.
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Well, folks, it looks like Gingerbread is finally starting to make a steady descent into the ranks of the obsolete. Well… there’s still a long way to go, but progress is progress! The percentage of Android devices on Gingerbread has finally dipped below 50%. Only about 47.4% of devices remain on the increasingly archaic platform, [...]
As we all know, the Android OS is an open platform meaning just about anyone can take the software and do just about whatever they like with it. It’s this reason many handset manufacturers opt to forgo the standard Android design (sometimes referred to as “stock Android”), injecting their own flavor into the OS. I [...]
We’ve all seen the stats, Android is outgrowing iOS by a ridiculous number, something like for every 4 smartphones shipped, 3 of those are running Android (albeit, Gingerbread — but that’s neither here, nor there). More recently, a study by Gartner showed that Android tablets reached 44% of the market last quarter, just 11% under [...]
You can’t talk about Android version distribution without mentioning the word fragmentation. There comes a time in every operating system’s life when an older device doesn’t meet the requirements to get updated to the latest software version. Whether it is iOS, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, all platforms must deal with fragmentation to some extent. The problem seems to be more prevalent on the Android operating system, though. The latest numbers from Google (GOOG) highlight a jump in devices running Jelly Bean, from 2.7% in November to 6.7% in December. The Gingerbread operating system, however, is still found on more than half, or 50.8%, of all Android devices. The 24-month old software version’s share of Android devices declined month-over-month from 54.2%, while Ice
It’s that time again folks. Google has just updated their Android distribution numbers over on the Android Developers website and now we can see just how well things are going when it comes to the Android’s “F word” (fragmentation). While today’s numbers might sound bleak for some of you out there, things are definitely picking [...]
In case you haven’t caught on yet, the different versions of the Android operating system are named in alphabetical order after desserts. So far there has been Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. It has been previously rumored that Google (GOOG) is planning on calling its next software version Key Lime Pie, however there had been no evidence to back this claim. Manu Cornet, a cartoonist and Google software engineer, on Monday shared an image on his Google+ page that demonstrates the evolution of the Android operating system. The clever image highlights various stages in Android’s life cycle, from its rocky beginnings to the force it has become today. The most recent stage in the platform’s evolution shows
A court in the Netherlands has ruled in favor of Apple in their suit against Samsung for infringement on patent EP2.059.868. The patent in question pertains to a method of scrolling implemented in the gallery application of Samsung devices running one of several Android 2.0 branches covering the Froyo and Gingerbread releases. Samsung now has [...]
Google (GOOG) released Android 2.3 Gingerbread in December 2010 and since then it has launched three major updates for the Android platform. And yet, the two-year old operating system continues to dominate Android devices as Google’s latest distribution numbers show that the software is still found on more than 54% of all Android devices. The numbers also show that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich increased more than two percentage points from the previous month to total a 25.8% share, and that Jelly Bean’s share grew more than a percentage point to roughly 3% of all devices. Fragmentation is still a major issue for Android and Google’s latest numbers show that no matter how hard it has pushed for carriers and manufacturers to update their devices, most smartphones and tablets
It’s a new month and with the start of every month comes a brand new chart from Google showing their version by version breakdown in the Android world. There is a small bit of good news for Ice Cream Sandwich devices with a jump from 22….