Authored by:

Jelly Bean Reaching More Devices, But Gingerbread Still Reigns Supreme

Authored by: Steven Blum — Nov 2, 2012

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.

What version of Android are you running?

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


Write new comment:
  • Anna F. Nov 19, 2012 Link to comment

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

  • 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.

  • Anna F. Nov 2, 2012 Link to comment

    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

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

  • Gio A. Nov 2, 2012 Link to comment

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

  • 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!

  • Mark R. Nov 2, 2012 Link to comment

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

  • PatPion Nov 2, 2012 Link to comment

    I've got me some JB love! :D

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. More info

Got it!