Jelly Bean running on nearly 50% of devices, Android 4.3 finally makes an appearance

by: Gary SimsOctober 3, 2013

Google Lawn Statues of Android versionsThe last few months has seen some significant changes in the percentage of devices running the different versions of Android. Just ten months ago Android 2.3.3+ was the most predominant Android version with it running on nearly half of all active Android devices. Now the tables have turned with the Jelly Bean versions of Android running on just under half of all active devices. The actual number is 48.6% and for the first time this number is made up of devices also running Android 4.3.

Since the historic milestone where Android 4.1 became the predominant version of Android, Jelly Bean has continued its rise and last month Android 4.1 and 4.2 had a combined 45 percent share, but Android 4.3 was missing from Google’s statistics. Finally after more than two months Android 4.3 has started to make and impact. Its current share is 1.5 percent.

Android 4.3’s adoption now seems to be inline, if not better, with the adoption rate of previous releases. For example, Android 4.2 was released in mid-November 2012 and by December 3rd 2012  it registered a 0.8 percent share and by January 3rd a 1.2 percent share. 4.3’s 1.5 percent share seems about right.

android-versions-begin-Oct-2013The Android 4.x branch (including 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) now runs on over two thirds of Android devices. The statistics are generated by Google using data collected during a 7-day period ending on October 2, 2013. All Android versions older than Android 2.2 no longer figure in Google’s numbers as they do not support the new Google Play Store app, which is used as the measure of activity.

Gingerbread usage is now significantly under a third and is heading towards being used on a just a quarter of Android devices. The only other versions of Android which appear in Google’s numbers are Android 2.2 Froyo, with a 2.2 percent share, and Honeycomb with a stubborn 0.1 percent share. Every time Google releases these numbers I expect Honeycomb to have disappeared, but it always seems to manage an appearance. Is there a group of die hard android 3.1 users somewhere who won’t (or can’t) move on?

Samsung is planning to start its Android 4.3 rollout for the Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2 during October and upgrades are already happening for HTC One owners. This should mean that Android 4.3’s share will increase while Android 4.1 and 4.2 decrease. October should also see the release of Android 4.4 KitKat! The November stats will reveal all!

  • MasterMuffin

    Honeycomb was the Vista of Android world!

    • Piotr Wicherski

      Eclair nad Froyo surely was… but not 3.2, it was great for tablets :)

      • MasterMuffin

        No, Eclair and Froyo were the early days, no Os is good and polished so soon. Honeycomb was just like Vista and with that I don’t mean bad. It was just like Vista, because like Vista, it wasn’t very popular and its looks and other stuff from it were taken to the next, hugely succesful Os version.

        • Piotr Wicherski

          Oh, that way :)
          I thought that you meant that HC was as crappy as Vista ;]

          • MasterMuffin

            Never used it so I can’t say anything about that :)

          • Colin Kealty

            Gingerbread was like XP, super widely adopted, functional though not pretty, and decently stable, and taking forever to disappear!

    • GasparIPerez

      GB = XP
      Honeycomb + ICS = Vista (ICS is awful)
      JB = W7

      • Matt

        What was awful about ICS? I would say it finally started to bring Android on even footing with iOS design-wise. JB has only recently started to replace #HOLOYOLO with cards and white/grey (in the Kit Kat leaks especially).

        • GasparIPerez

          For certain devices, like Xperia Arc S (my old device) and even for GS3 with ICS builds, it slows down the system a lot. Those devices run all good with jelly bean, but ICS is just a pain in the A if we’re talking about performance.. IMO

          • Matt

            Sure, it had higher requirements for performance, especially if you put on heavy UI themes like Touchwiz, but that doesn’t mean it was a bad OS. I ran the ICS builds of Cyanogenmod on my Galaxy S without any more slowdown issues than I had on Gingerbread. In addition, Vista had a lot of problems other than slower performance on older systems (e.g., constant nagging for permissions); it was a dog.

            Apart from those hiccups, ICS was probably the biggest step forward for the Android ecosystem; I don’t think you could really call it awful. Jellybean smoothed out a lot of the problems, but Android is monumentally better because of ICS.

          • neferpi

            for you, perhaps.
            for other ICS is not that awful though..

      • MasterMuffin

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        • TechDevil

          That was so many question marks I had to zoom out 4 times in my browser to display them all :P

          • MasterMuffin

            That’s as much as I can type with my phone in like 2 minutes (with one copy&paste) :D

      • jasxgamer

        agree with ICS is awful statement,
        my Galaxy Nexus slow/hang down ALOT in ICS,
        once it up to JB, everything is much better.

    • zourite

      How sad it is to compare a new world OS to an old one’s. Forget Windows dude. Seriously.

      • TechDevil

        I don’t understand… why can’t we compare Honeycomb to Windows Vista? They are operating systems for different machines, granted, but still, they are both operating systems..?

        • MasterMuffin

          it’s cool to hate Microsoft and Windows these days. They aren’t even remotely as bad as Apple, we should just continue iHating!

  • Jack Parker

    Not bad, and if rumors are right, Android 4.4 is meant to help lower end phones, so lets hope OEM’s update their Android ICS devices to 4.4 but honestly I dont see that happening

    • “.. so lets hope OEM’s update their Android ICS devices to 4.4..”


      • MasterMuffin

        S3 will get 4.4 according to Samsung and it was released with ICS! That’s one “old” device getting 4.4 (though it may be the only one)

        • TechDevil

          To be fair, Samsung Galaxy S3 is not an old phone. It’s not their newest one, but it certainly is not old. Update the Samsung Galaxy and S2 to 4.4 and I’ll be surprised. Updating S3 to 4.4 and that is something I expect them to do.

          • MasterMuffin

            but it’s still an “Android ICS” device :P

          • TechDevil

            I guess that is debatable. I call it what it is – Samsung Galaxy S3. That is the name of the device, whatever software it is launched and upgraded to, it is still S3. Having been launched with Ice Cream Sandwich makes no difference to me, it is and will always be S3. The same way a computer that is launched with Windows 7 may get upgraded to Windows 8, I don’t refer to it as a Windows 7 device. But once again, that’s debatable. I just wanted to show my chain of thought around it.

          • Daniel

            My gs2 ( the one I’m writing this on) is running android 4.3 CyanogenMod extremely fine. But I do see the Samsung developers not bothering to do anything for the ones who have stuck around with this awesome device.

          • TechDevil

            Every company that uses the Android OS should get a major kick in the butt for not updating older devices. I’m fine with waiting up until 2 months for an update if they want to launch a new device with a new OS version, but after that, they really should upgrade older devices. 2 months seems like a nice time to delay an upgrade to ensure sales for new devices.

          • Daniel

            Totally agree with that. I feel really happy to have aftermarket firmware. Big thanks to the awesome developers (not at Samsung…) Who without expecting any loan help us all getting these updates :-D

          • MasterMuffin

            for Samsung it’s pretty hard with their 200 devices per week policy :D

          • TechDevil

            Hahaha thanks for the laugh. Won’t get any easier when they launch their line of devices with flexible displays soon either. Sometime soon, there will be an entire Wikipedia site solely dedicated to listing every Samsung device there is on this planet, and it will be long :P

          • MasterMuffin

            The guy who even thinks of writing that is a masochist :D

          • omegavesko

            This. The S3 would be updated even if 4.4 had the exact same system requirements as 4.3 and 4.2. Now, if they updated the S2 (i9100 obviously), then I’d be impressed.

  • Michael

    I’ve been on 4.3 for a couple weeks on my Asus TF101 thanks to the new KatKiss ROM. 195 hours uptime so far and still not feeling like it needs a reboot!

  • Bone

    Are we Nexus users really so few? Wow…

  • rguptan

    I use honeycomb on dell streak 7.

  • kpom

    Lumping together 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 as a single “version” is a bit of a stretch. There are quite a few differences. It would also be interesting to get a sense of the share of each set of customizations (e.g. Sense, Touchwiz). I wonder how close Samsung is to forking Android. They barely mention Android anymore. It’s all just Galaxy this, Galaxy that.

  • neferpi

    while I’m still at ICS.. waiting JB update from htc.. :(

    anyway, I think GB will still used on some lower-end device.
    if only JB or KK 4.4 can run on device with 256mb ram, I’m sure it will gain faster adoption :D

  • Xperiauser

    I’m not seeing a update for the Sony Xperia ion lte whats up I’m still running 4.0.4

    • martins

      Is it d latest xperia

      • Xperiauser

        No it’s the LT28at

  • xxd


    IOS 7 reached 50% adoption in one week !

    Is that the reason for the multitude of android malware ?

  • Smitty

    Ginger bread is WINDOWS ME… Ginger bread was God Awful it locked up constantly… After being released from my contract I burned my phone…