Android 4.x Coming On Strong - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Infrastructure // PC & Servers
News
2/8/2013
11:45 AM
Connect Directly
Twitter
Facebook
Google+
LinkedIn
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Android 4.x Coming On Strong

The failure by telco carriers and hardware OEMs to provide updates to the Android versions on their devices has kept a strong base of users of old versions. But the latest data from Google show that the current 4.x generation of Android is approaching 50% of users.

The latest data from Google on Android versions in use in the wild show that the current generation of the mobile operating system is approaching 50% of the installed base.

Devices running versions 4.0.x (Ice Cream Sandwich) and 4.1.x/4.2.x (Jelly Bean) total up to 42.6 percent of those accessing the Google Play store in a recent sampling. The dataset was collected during a 14-day period ending on February 1, 2013.

VersionCodenameAPIDistribution
1.6Donut40.2%
2.1Eclair72.2%
2.2Froyo88.1%
2.3 - 2.3.2Gingerbread90.2%
2.3.3 - 2.3.71045.4%
3.1Honeycomb120.3%
3.2131.0%
4.0.3 - 4.0.4Ice Cream Sandwich1529.0%
4.1Jelly Bean1612.2%
4.2171.4%

The API level in the table is a good proxy for features available. Version 2.3.x (Gingerbread) is still clearly the most common version, but also clearly declining, as is more easily seen in the historical graph below.

Android app authors have begun to take advantage of the features in 4.x, but doing so is more obviously justified now. Android devices with the more recent versions are themselves the more recent devices, and the users likely more open to new apps. Starting, for instance, with API level 15, Android included Chrome instead of the previous Android web browser and better voice integration with apps.

Also as a service for developers, Google provides, in the same report, data on the screen size and OpenGL version on devices. 86.6 percent of devices have a 'normal' (as opposed to small, large and xlarge) screen size. Here are what those terms mean:

  • xlarge screens are at least 960dp x 720dp
  • large screens are at least 640dp x 480dp
  • normal screens are at least 470dp x 320dp
  • small screens are at least 426dp x 320dp
The reasonable conclusion is that the vast majority of Android devices are phones, as opposed to tablets.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll