The Android ecosystem is being considered as a large, slow-moving ship and as such Jelly Bean is taking a while to become an important ingredient of Google’s OS. Android 2.3, Gingerbread is still hot in the market even after three years of its launch. It is interesting to see how Android Central app users compare to the ecosystem at large.
The Google Play developer console lets developers to keep a track of which Android versions is being run by their user currently. You will find that there will be a striking difference between Android as a whole and the AC app install base when it comes to platform versions.
Let us start off by pointing out that our app requires Android 4.0 or higher that will eliminate Honeycomb, Gingerbread and older versions. What-ever-it-may-be, some 92 percent of AC app installations are on a Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) device, with 4.1 being the most popular version at 44 percent. Surprisingly, 19 percent of users are already on the just-released Android 4.3, while the 18-month-old Ice Cream Sandwich release (Android 4.0.3-4) accounts for just 8 percent of users.
The list of the most popular devices is not much of a surprise when it comes to phones and tablets. The top five are considered to be Nexus 4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, HTC One and Nexus 7 (2012.) The high proportion of Nexus devices will explain why Android 4.3 is already on 19 percent of installations.
AC readers are always ahead of the curve when it comes to Android versions. But it does explain how vast and varied the Android ecosystem is, and how Android die-hards are just a small part of a very big picture.
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