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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:49

Android 4.0 finally on 10 percent of devices, 8.5 months in

The Android Developers site is posting some new numbers showing the distribution of Android versions on devices accessing Google's Play store, and while Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich showed growth of more than 50 percent over last month’s figure, it’s still only on 10.9 percent of devices. The increase can likely be attributed to a few factors including a steady pace of ICS updates and flagship Android 4.0 releases like HTC’s One X and Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

The overall share of Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices actually fell for the first time — from 65 to 64 percent, and version 2.2 Froyo continued its decline, dropping nearly 2 percentage points over the month. The big takeaway is that it’s taken carriers and OEMs 8.5 months to get the newest version of Android on a tenth of the devices in the market. And judging from what we’ve seen, despite the early release of the Android PDK, the odds of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean faring much better aren’t very encouraging.

Source: The Verge
View: Statistics on the Android Developers site


#2 jakem1

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:23

So Jelly Bean is out before 90% of phones have been upgraded to the previous version :(

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:36

I wonder how many devices would get android 4.0 if qualcomm released openmax drivers for the MSM7227 chip. As that 600mhz chip is in millions of phones. Cyanogenmod android 4.0 for those users if awful as those drivers are needed to access many functionalities.

#4 Syanide

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:48

The jump from 2.3 to 4.0 is a complicated one and many companies (looking at you, Samsung) did their best to screw it up, so that's why most of them didn't even bother with the upgrade. My guess it's going to get smoother and smoother from now on, especially with smaller upgrades like the one from 4.0 to 4.1, but here's just an example of developers struggling with porting 4.0 to some devices (this is an example of people at XDA, of course, like Samsung gives a ****):

So on the S+, the camera doesn't "work" with its own liboemcamera.so, but it does with the one from the Wonder/Exhibit. And on the Wonder/Exhibit, the camera doesn't "work" with their own libcamera.so, but it does with the one from the S+. Yeah that's Samsung for you - totally incompetent and inconsistent. You guys have no idea how much **** I've seen from them by working on this and the kernel. For example they can have one particular camera parameter in one phone, and in another phone they can have the same parameter, just with a different name. I think they must be braindead or something, because how much easier wouldn't it be for themselves and others if they maintained some consistency between phones?

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But as I've already said, a major part of the issues are because Samsung are complete twats by insisting on doing everything different from the standard norm.


Nexus all the way.

#5 metro2012

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:52

most is not the manufacturer's fault but the chipset makers (looking at you, Qualcomm) as they refuse to open source their drivers. if they wud things wud go alot easier.....


the carrier's and the chipset makers IMO have all the fault with versions of android.

#6 thealexweb

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:59

Over the next two months HTC will release ICS for all the middle and high-end phones it's released since October 2010, that should boost that figure a bit.

#7 Roger H.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:57

I'll have JB soon enough but man this is crazy how slow these manufacturers update stuff. I guess some of the blame lies in the extra stuff they dump on the OS but i'm sure drivers and such are part of it too. My SGS2 only had Samsung ROM on it for like 2 days then it was off to CyanogenMod :) Can't wait for "Mid-July" to get source so we can finally get some JB loving.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 13:04

Gotta love Nexus - fastest updates, and very heavily supported by many ROM's. There were JB ROMS the day it was announced at Google I/O for the Galaxy Nexus. I can't wait for CM to implement JB. I'm rockin CM 9 RC1 at the moment

#9 MidnightDevil

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 13:10

Does that include the unofficial ports?

#10 Roger H.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 13:33

Does that include the unofficial ports?


Should because it counts it from the Market, not just from web browsers.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 16:07

I chose my Galaxy Nexus for one reason... It's a pure Android experience, so there should be no reason why it shouldn't get updates quickly. There's no middle man. Seems to be working for me so far.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 16:27

I wonder how many devices would get android 4.0 if qualcomm released openmax drivers for the MSM7227 chip. As that 600mhz chip is in millions of phones. Cyanogenmod android 4.0 for those users if awful as those drivers are needed to access many functionalities.


seeing as 99% of users are regular people who don't even get "scary" official updates and those who do get custom roms generally have pgones at can be upgraded with custom roms, I'd say the number would be pretty much the same.



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