Android in February: Jelly Bean improves, but over 50% of devices still run a 2 year old OS

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Google has released the monthly update to its

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Platform Version dashboard today. The graphs provide a summary of devices which access the Google Play store in a 14-day period, with the most recent report showing activity for the two-week period ending March 4, 2013. As we’d expect, the number of devices running Android 4.1-4.2 Jelly Bean has jumped from 13.6% in February to 16.5% in March, signaling continued progress on the part of manufacturers and carriers bringing Google’s latest OS to the 2012 flagship devices.

The numbers are still nowhere near where Google would like them to be, evidenced by the fact that over 50% of all active Android device are running Gingerbread or prior, which was released in December 2010. This last fact bears repeating; 1 in 2 Android devices which accessed the Play Store in the last 2 weeks were running a 25 month old version of the Android operating system. The reason for this is a combination of carriers slowing down the update process, hardware incompatibilities, and manufacturers being slow to upgrade custom UI skins.

This compares to about 60% of all iOS devices ever released running on the latest version of iOS, despite several devices not being eligible for the upgrade. Of course, the matter could be worse, as a whopping 0% of Windows Phone devices released prior to November 2012 running the latest version of Windows Phone, and Microsoft and manufacturers have indicated they never will, instead providing these devices Windows Phone 7.8, with only a handful of the features found in the new OS.

Via: The Next Web

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This article was written by Anthony Domanico

Anthony is the Editor in Chief of Techgress, and a big mobile and gaming geek. He's covered mobile technology for the better part of three years, and gets excited about shiny, new things. He currently uses an iPhone, iPad Mini, and Nexus 7, but Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry devices are never too far away.

2 comments
nickmgray
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I don't think this is that big of an issue. Yes, it would be nice if more devices were on the latest version of Android, but the majority of the devices running on Android 2.3 or lower simply can't handle the latest updates. Many of those devices are second or third generation Android phones which were released in late 2009 or early 2010. 

adomanico01
adomanico01 moderator

 @nickmgray fair point, Nick. A more helpful breakdown would be the number of current-gen phones that are running the latest version of Android, but this is the best proxy we have. 

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