Jelly Bean now on 13.6% of Android devices, Ice Cream Sandwich at 29%

by: Joe HindyFebruary 5, 2013

android jelly bean For a long time now, Gingerbread 2.3 has been the dominant version of Android. More than 50% of devices ran Gingerbread up until recently, despite the OS being years old. Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean are catching up and have taken 29% and 13.6% of the Android pie, respectively. That’s 12.2% on Jelly Bean 4.1 and 1.4% on Jelly Bean 4.2

As the graphic above shows, Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich are running on more and more devices. There are a variety of reasons for this. People are buying newer devices running the newer operating systems. Sony’s 2011 Xperia line up have all been updated to ICS along with other older devices like the HTC Thunderbolt. A very small percentage can even be attributed to rooted devices running updated custom ROMs. So it’s really been a group effort getting things up to date.

Despite some great advances by Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, Gingerbread still remains on top with a commanding 45.6%. These numbers are down from prior measurements and are continuing to trend that way. Nevertheless, it is a little sad that a 2 year old version of the OS is still dominate. Of course, this means that fragmentation continues to be a problem for Android.

Will Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean ever overtake Gingerbread?

It will eventually to be sure. While Gingerbread has been the dominate Android version for awhile now, Android continues to evolve and grow. This means that eventually Gingerbread will fade into obscurity. It just won’t be going silently into that good night.

One potential reason for Gingerbread’s continued success may be the cheap Android phone market. The best Android phones have quad core processors, run Jelly Bean, and have all sorts of awesome features. However, the cheap smartphones are just now getting to dual cores and to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Consider this, the Galaxy Note 2 running Jelly Bean costs over $300 on a new contract from just about everywhere. There are many mid-range phones and tablets that run Ice Cream Sandwich that are cheaper but not usually free. What is important to note is that devices like the new LG MyTouch on T-Mobile, a reportedly new device running Gingerbread, are still on the shelves and being handed out for free. Once those cheap, low end devices are being shipped with ICS and Jelly Bean, that’s when Gingerbread numbers will really start to decline.

We’d love to hear your feedback on this. Are Jelly Bean and ICS devices simply getting more popular, or is it because they’re getting cheaper? Let us know what you think.

  • phildazz

    How about Android as an alternative to Windows as a desktop operating system?

  • If you analyze the historical distribution, the growth of ICS and JB in the first month of 2013 was almost equal to the total growth that these distributions were around the year 2012. So I think by the end of Q2, ICS and JB (combined) will already be more than 50%.

    But I think that ICS will never have the same dominance that had Gingerbread. Many people will skip Gingerbread for JB this year. The end of many contracts for 2 years, just when Gingerbread was on the rise…

    • I still don’t have Jelly Bean on my phone and they will be releasing Key Lime Pie in a couple of months. It does make an Android fan jealous of how quickly Apple rolls out their updates to most of their phones.

      • Nexus is your answer.

        My phone was release with 2.1 and got updated to 2.2 after the 2.3 be released…

        With custom ROMs, I only can get reliable ROMs for 2.3. ICS and JB are too unstable, and consume too much battery.

        My next phone will be a Nexus or a Phone with stock JB, with very good update perspectives. Like a Xperia Z/ZL, SIV, or the next Motorola’s flagship (We dont have HTC in my country).

        Cheap Android Phones, makes you want to change the phone every year.

        • I do agree. Most phone does not work well after update because their hardware does not suit for latest update.

  • Justice Seeker

    Its because people buy and use android devices as it is, nowadays most of the phones comes with Gingerbread and ICS as default so they aren’t aware of ROM updating,

  • yungqb7

    I’m still on 2.3.6 and I’m eligible to upgrade. I’m just waiting for the Galaxy S4

    • Casto

      Me too,buddy.

  • One important reason of dominance of Gingerbread is that Most of the phone running on this version are old and they are not fully compatible with New OS. Their hardware configuration are not good if compare with latest phone runs on Jelly Bean and IceCream Sandwich.

    So i think, Gingerbread will survive for coming few month until people considered to change new phone . And Jelly bean share will increase

  • Get ready to make a little room for a slice of Key Lime in your pie chart.