Years later, Gingerbread still leads all versions of Android



Some 2.5 years after its initial debut, Android 2.3 Gingerbread still accounts for 36.5 of all active Android devices. The developer dashboard figures, which update monthly, show that Android 4.0+ releases are slowly gaining traction with Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2) holding 33 percent of the pie. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich commands 25.6 percent of the platform while the older builds (Eclair, Donut, Froyo, Honeycomb) pulling up the rear.



  1. The main problem is that manufacturers/networks refuse to upgrade old phones because (rightly or wrongly) it is not in their interests to update the phones. They only update the newer more popular phones because they do not want to be seen not supporting those phones. However, much older phones or less popular ones, will receive less of a user backlash if they drop support. They are probably thinking that those who want to move to the later versions of Android OS should buy a new phone. I think a phone should have at least 2 years of OS support (assuming the hardware can support it).

    • That’s what I was going to say. The decentralization of the OS to the Hardware manufacturers and the Carriers adding their own crap in has slowed the process of updates down, too.