After changing the numbers, Google sees uptake in Jelly Bean marketshare

With Google I/O just week away, many are expecting Google to unveil the next iteration of Android. A report from Android Police claimed the next version of Android would be 4.3, not 5.0 (Key Lime Pie), possibly due to delays

Android updates, or lack thereof, have been a contentious issue, with some manufactures and carriers holding off releasing the latest version of Android for months. Google recently changed the way they measure Android marketshare to measure active users, rather than just Android handsets. The changes have had a month to take effect and, unsurprisingly, we're seeing an uptake in the latest OS, Jelly Bean. Older versions of Android still represent a sizeable proportion, with Gingerbread collectively taking the majority share of 38.5%. 

Over the past month, versions 4.1 and 4.2 grew to represent a 28.4% marketshare, just enough to overtake Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) which sits at 27.5%. The new growth is likely due to users upgrading to ICS or upgrading from a Gingerbread handset. The changes to the marketshare may also reflect the change to the prediction algorithm by Google. Adoption of Jelly Bean is only likely to increase over time as more and more flagship phones use Jelly Bean, such as the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. 

Source: Android Dashboard, Engadget

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dead.cell said,
They'd see better numbers if carriers actually updated their phones in a reasonable fashion...

If carriers update then less people will buy new phones.

ShareShiz said,
Gingerbread user with my phone

Jellybean user with my tablet

I really don't get the idea of having an android tablet and an android phone...it's the SAME apps. Maybe it's just me, but its just weird. A Note 2 user here and I would never think of getting an android tablet. It just doesn't add anything except adding wasting money.

ctrl_alt_delete said,

A Note 2 user here and I would never think of getting an android tablet. It just doesn't add anything except adding wasting money.

You've already got a phablet, why do you need another? [tablet]

Raa said,

You've already got a phablet, why do you need another? [tablet]

A lot of people say its a big phone, well it's really not that big to me. Anything bellow 4" is too small for me with those size phones I mostly end up typing in landscape mode. So the note2 feels like a regular phone to me. The fack if has a stylus is pretty gimmicky because its almost useless.

ctrl_alt_delete said,

I really don't get the idea of having an android tablet and an android phone...it's the SAME apps. Maybe it's just me, but its just weird. A Note 2 user here and I would never think of getting an android tablet. It just doesn't add anything except adding wasting money.


Its like saying "I own a desktop and laptop"

There are some things my tablet can do that my phone can't and vise virsa.

It'd be interesting to really dig into their calculations. Let's say I had a Galaxy S2, rooted and updated to the bleeding edge CM builds. Then I decide I want to grab a Galaxy Note 2, sitting with a stock version of 4.1. Are they going to measure against the most recent device I actively used, or just pick the highest number in my set? Or is it all devices, each counted once, as long as I'm actively using them?

It will be based on the current OS per hardware ID. Otherwise upgraded phones would never disappear from the stats. So if you access Google play after you updated from 2.3 to CM 4.2.2, you'll be in that stat. If you run the RUU and go back and access Google Play, you'll be in 2.3. You can confirm this usi g the web version of Google play to remote install apps. It has the current version and info about your device to know if the app is supported on the device.

Joshie said,
It'd be interesting to really dig into their calculations. Let's say I had a Galaxy S2, rooted and updated to the bleeding edge CM builds. Then I decide I want to grab a Galaxy Note 2, sitting with a stock version of 4.1. Are they going to measure against the most recent device I actively used, or just pick the highest number in my set? Or is it all devices, each counted once, as long as I'm actively using them?

It seems like it's per device. Especially since it would seem that's how they've been tracking. The bigger question, is: why weren't they measuring per active device before? There's a major difference between measuring per device sold, and per active device. If I bought every Nexus phone, but am only using the most-recent one, it would make sense to only count the most-recent one (especially since the big Android boom happened between Froyo and Gingerbread).

Seems like a bit of an oversight.

I think Joshie meant recently connected with that Google account. It's always been based on hardware. The old system wasn't based on devices sold (otherwise froyo and lower wouldn't be on there) but was based on "devices whose users actively checked Google Play during the reporting period. Previously, it counted all devices that pinged Google servers. "

Sprint has actually stepped up their game is seems with releasing updates for the Galaxy S3 at least... They have already released 4.1.2 along with the Samsung Premium Suite upgrade for Multi-Window views and other little tweaks.
I sure hope though that the S3 keeps getting updates for the next year. I really want some of that Key Lime Pie

No, completely different things. People don't buy Jelly Bean/ICS, they just buy a phone and use whatever OS comes with it.

Ambroos said,
No, completely different things. People don't buy Jelly Bean/ICS, they just buy a phone and use whatever OS comes with it.

As opposed to laptops? Only tech minded people go out of their way to upgrade, everyone else moves up with new hardware.

If we could upgrade, we would... But it's not something we can control (without rooting and stuff). I blame the carriers for the slow update, but hey, anything to sell a new phone...

2.3% market share for the latest version of JB after 6 months. and the next version of JB is right around the corner. GJ google

Greenix said,
2.3% market share for the latest version of JB after 6 months. and the next version of JB is right around the corner. GJ google

Blame the carriers....

.Neo said,

Blame the manufactures all the same.

Undoubtedly: this is the main issue with smartphones: OEMs, and in the US, carriers have no interest to support existing devices.

I have Gingerbread on my phone and I love it. Incredible 2. It does everything I need it to do

Phone calls
SMS
Email
Web browsing
take pictures

I have a Galaxy Note 1 with ICS and I have a S4 with Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Note 1 will be upgraded to Jelly Bean from my carrier mid this month, win!!

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