Every two weeks, Google likes to update their Android Developer website with statistics about which Android devices are accessing the Google Play Store. Today they've updated that page. Here are the numbers you need to know: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the operating system, is on 2.7% of all Android devices currently in use. Looking at Android 4.0 and Android 4.1 combined, those versions are on 28.5% of all devices. When you consider that Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) is going to turn one year old later this month, it's a bit disheartening to see penetration levels so low.
As for the other versions, just 1.8% of people are using Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which is actually pretty great, because we all know that version of the OS was nothing more than a rush job Google pushed out to compete with Apple's iPad. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still on over half of Android devices in the wild, 54.2% to be exact. Do you guys remember when Gingerbread was announced? Let us refresh your memory: December 6, 2010.
This fact bears repeating: Over half of the Android devices in use today use a two year old version of the operating system. Kind of pathetic, isn't it?
How can you make sure you always have the latest version of Android on your smartphone? There are three ways. One, buy a new phone every six months. If you have the money, then why not? Two, only use Nexus devices. They're the first to get updates, and the hardware gets refreshed every 12 months, making it a more economical option. And finally three, stay on top of the Android ROM scene. Chances are that there's a forum thread somewhere on the internet with a whole bunch of people dedicated to making sure the latest version of Android is on your device. You'll void your warranty by flashing, but hey, there are worse things in life.