Two thirds of Android users still on old versions

31 July 2013

android_logo While Google's Android is the most popular mobile operating system in Britain, and with a new version of Android available every six to nine months, most users are still tapping away on old versions.

It appears that the platform is hugely fragmented, which is quite the opposite of Apple phones.

According to a new report, over one third of users are still on the Gingerbread version from 2011, while 32% are still using Jelly Bean. 23% are still on Ice cream Sandwich, which launched in December 2011.

That leaves everyone else scrabbling around using Froyo, Eclair, Donut and other deeply irritating cutesy names.

Talking about these findings, OpenSignal said that this fragmentation is both a strength and weakness of the Android system. While it may be a pain in the hole for developers, customers are allowed to get exactly the phone they want.

"Cheaper devices will struggle to run the most recent versions of Android and the fragmented operating system serves as an enabler of an ecosystem that is becoming more globally, and socio-economically, inclusive," the company said in its report.

"Apple are currently working on a lower-end device, increasing the fragmentation of their ecosystem in the process, suggesting that the Android ecosystem is not only doing something right, but doing something to be imitated."

TOPICS:   Mobile


  • Tweedskin
    "Still" using Jelly Bean? Jelly bean is the latest OS......
  • fibbingarchie
    And believe it or not, some people don't change their entire wardrobe every 6 months, or replace their car with a new one every 6 months, or redecorate their house every 6 months or.......
  • Sporky M.
    God knows when I last changed my pants.
  • Alexis
    But Apple's 'lower end' device will still come with iOS 7??
  • kv
    two thirds of HUKD users still on old version : D
  • klingelton
    Not really a pain for developers. Android developers can choose which version of the OS they want to support. Software written for version 1.5 will work for version 2.4 etc. And finally, not all android users are able to update to the latest version as per limitations imposed by their carriers, or the device itself being unable to cope with it. Apple strive to make their platform as level as possible, so developers know what works on one device will work on them all. One way is not necessarily better than the other, they are just 2 different ways of handling the problem.
  • Phil
    I just got the download for Jelly Bean 4.3 on my Nexus 7 last night. I wonder how long before it appears on my Galaxy S4.
  • Phil
    Posted by Alexis • July 31, 2013 at 7:20 pm But Apple’s ‘lower end’ device will still come with iOS 7?? But iOS7 is rubbish. I used to love apple but they have been left behind now.
  • Kevin
    This is the reason Android phones are often secondary for new apps. Of course you can program basing it on a lower version but by doing that you are causing problems for yourselves. If more people were on the higher versions there would be little reason for such a gap. IOS isn't different, just less so.
  • JonB
    Android is far less fragmented than the PC market was in its hey-day and that didn't stop people making shed-loads of cash from Windows software. This is a non-problem.

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