Majority of Android Users Still Stuck on Gingerbread or Older Builds

Paul Lilly

Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) is still the most popular version of Android in terms of market share.

Still waiting on your device maker and wireless carrier to dish up Jelly Bean to replace Ice Cream Sandwich on your mobile phone? Hey, it could be worse. You could be stuck on Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) where 44.1 percent of all Android users reside, or on an even older build (Froyo, Elcair, or Donut), which collectively account another 9.6 percent of the Android camp. Add them together you have nearly 54 percent of the Android userbase rocking a dated version of their OS.

That's based on the most recent developer data from Google and includes Android devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period. Yes, it ignores Android device owners who download their apps from other sources (such as Amazon's app store), but it's also the most accurate data we have to go on.

There hasn't been much movement in the past month . Android 4.1 and 4.2 (Jelly Bean) account for 16.5 percent of all Android devices, while Android 4.0.x (Ice Cream Sandwich) has found its way onto 28.6 percent Android handsets and tablets. Neither of those figures are unchanged from a month ago, underscoring how slow device makers and wireless carriers are to react to newer Android builds.

In about a month and a half, we'll likely see the launch of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which is expected to debut during the Google I/O conference in May.

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