Android usage: more than a third of users are stuck in 2011

March 4, 2014
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It seems fair to say that many Android users want to be running Kit Kat. But the truth of the matter here, not all that many are actually getting that wish. In fact, according to the latest Android 'platform versions' report released by Google -- only 2.5 percent of users are on Kit Kat. Furthermore, even though Kit Kat has been available for roughly four months, it remains at such a little percentage that Google has yet to split the percentages between 4.4 and 4.4.2.

While we aren't trying to be super sarcastic, or cause anyone to get upset -- it also seems fair to believe that it could be years before some users see Kit Kat. If at all. This comes due to the bit about the current percentages for the older versions. Gingerbread, which was released in February 2011, still maintains 19 percent of the Android usage.

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Along with that already aged version, Ice Cream Sandwich is holding strong with 15.2 percent. And for those looking to make the combination here -- that means Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich hold 34.2 percent. More than a third of Android users are using a version released in 2011.

Sure, there have been security updates and such, but it just goes to show that users simply wait, and then wait some more to get the latest and greatest. This just goes to bring one of the key selling points for the Nexus line. Like it or not, that is the best way to stay current with Android. Or in recent times, go with Motorola and either the Moto X or Moto G.

So far we mentioned how Kit Kat is suffering with 2.5 percent, and the older versions command a third overall. The top remains Jelly Bean, which was first released in July 2012 (Android 4.1.x). At present Jelly Bean combined between 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3.x commands a total of 62 percent. Nicely, we can at least say that is (almost) double what Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich account for. Otherwise, Froyo 2.2 and Honeycomb 2.3.3 - 2.3.7 are still holding on with 1.2 percent and 0.1 percent respectively.


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  • BD1971

    Maybe being stuck in 2011 means it’s time to by a new phone. You can’t expect to have all the latest features on a phone that is 3 years old when it may not be able to handle it because of hardware.

    • randommomster

      The only reason I am no longer rocking my N1 is because app bloat reduced the number of apps I could run to the point that I could barely run a minimal Google suite, let alone anything else. Hangouts is Jabba the Hutt compared to the discontinued Talk. Sure, I like the new shiny. But I didn’t NEED it. I can see ICS hanging on for quite some time.

  • Patnad

    I think one of the problem of Android is the middle man who makes the updates possible, the telecom companies need to approve any update going to your device.

    Even company like Samsung are a bit slow to approve software on their end, I mean, I got a Galaxy Mega 6.3, its been released in May 2013, and it is still stuck at 4.2.2, Kies wont update me and my carrier neither.

    Unless I use custom rom i will probably never even receive KitKat before the phone die on me.

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/JTHolroyd/TileStoneWork JessSayin

    Went back to JB. Love it.

  • the twosome android community

    what about android version 2.1 éclair I am still using this version and I find this version very useful name the new apps which I can download on my éclair 2.1 android os version on my smartphone