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Jelly Bean Reaching More Devices, But Gingerbread Still Reigns Supreme

Steven Blum
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Here's the crazy thing about Android:  the majority of users are still running their apps and customizing their homescreens on a version of the operating system that's been around for more than two years. According to Google, 54% of users are still running Android 2.3 / Gingerbread on their devices even though Ice Cream Sandwich was released over a year ago. ICS is now installed on 25% of Android devices, while Jelly Bean has reached 2.7% penetration.

Jelly Bean has grown by less than 1% since last quarter, which is a bit disappointing, but the update should pick up some steam on the coming months when Jelly Bean is officially released on US versions of the Galaxy S3, as promised by Samsung. The reason for the hold-up, unsurprisingly, is the carriers. 

But there are other reasons why these updates take so long to coordinate. For one, all of the functions of the phone, including WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS must be adapted to work with the new source code and vigorously tested for quality assurance. Then, every single one of the manufacturer's apps must be re-certified before release. To learn more about this process, click here.

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  • PatPion Nov 2, 2012 Link

    I've got me some JB love! :D

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  • Mark R. Nov 2, 2012 Link

    JB 4.1.2 on me Nexus S, OTA in China :)

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  • E M Cipriano Nov 2, 2012 Link

    Been running ICS for months on my Razr Maxx. Its terrible! Moto has been rumored to put out a patch, but Never happens. I would rather run DOS!

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  • Gio A. Nov 2, 2012 Link

    ICS on my tab 2 abd JB on note 2. Have only bought devices running the lattest android at the moment of launch.

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  • dixie t. Nov 2, 2012 Link

    Two years is not crazy, think about the old Windows XP which is still widely in use! Over ten years!

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  • Anna F. Nov 2, 2012 Link

    My phone's running ICS 4.0.3 and a Jelly Bean update's on its way =D
    Most of the computers in my house still run Windows XP though =P

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  • Taihron Heaven Nov 17, 2012 Link

    does anyone know whether or not if the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S2 will be receiving 4.1.1? and if not a damn good 4.1.1 root for it.

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  • Anna F. Nov 19, 2012 Link

    @Taihron I'm not sure but I think it will. I'm waiting for the stable CM10 though...

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