It’s that time again, time for another update to Android’s platform distribution numbers. This time around, Google’s changing up some things. First off, they’ve completely done away with Donut and Eclair. This isn’t because collectively they only accounted for 1.3% of Android devices last month, but because the Google Play Store app is only compatible with Android 2.2 on up. Since Google provides these numbers as a tool for developers when building apps, we suppose it only makes sense.
Also new for August is Google now only accounting for Android devices that have pinged Google Play within the last 7 days, as opposed to 14 in previously. This should help weed out devices that really aren’t being used. As for reported numbers for August, let’s take a look at the changes:
- Jelly Bean: 45.1% (40.5% in July)
- Ice Cream Sandwich: 21.7% (22.5% in July)
- Gingerbread: 30.7% (33.1% in July)
What’s interesting is even though Android 4.3 officially debuted with the new Nexus 7 2013 towards the end of July, and the Nexus 4 officially received the update as well, it’s completely missing from last month’s numbers. An oversight? Perhaps. Would have been interesting to see at least a small blip on the radar. Looking ahead, it seems as though we’ll see Ice Cream Sandwich completely disappear before Gingerbread, which is still hanging on for dear life.