Android firmware numbers for June: Jelly Bean on almost 38% of active devices, finally overtakes Gingerbread


Android Platform distribution chart June 2013

Only a little later than usually posted, Google has updated their Android platform distribution numbers for the month of June, 2013. Jumping onto the Android Developers site, we now find that Jelly Bean is currently running on 37.9% of active devices (of which only 5.6% accounts for Android 4.2.2) — up from last month’s 33%.

While this marks the first time Jelly Bean has finally overtaken Gingerbread, we don’t believe lumping all of Jelly Bean together is very accurate, especially when many die-hard Android “enthusiasts” demand only the absolute latest from firmware from their devices (4.2.2 and soon, 4.3). With that being said, fragmentation could still be seen as running rampant.

The percentage of Gingerbread devices has fallen to 34.1% from 36.5% in May, while Ice Cream Sandwich continues to drop to 23.3%. While we can’t be too sure, the drop in Gingerbread is most likely due to failing or upgraded hardware, while Ice Cream Sandwich are devices being updated to one of the many Jelly Bean versions.

Remember, this isn’t really representative of Android as a whole — we’re sure there are millions of Android devices in China still running on Eclair — only those devices that have recently pinged the Google Play Store. You know, the ones that count.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I feel bad for the poor sons of guns on Gingerbread. It’s time to tap out and upgrade for goodness sake.

    1. Honestly, most people who still own an Android device running Gingerbread probably have no clue that they are, let alone that they are running Android (good ol’ gramps)… lol

      1. My mom is running Gingerbread. She knows, man… She knows.

        1. Chris, it’s time to root and flash.


          2. Gilf? ;P To be fair I wasn’t thinking that way.

  2. Hopefully devices that were released with JB get at least one major update to whatever the next major android version is, that would probably really help the fragmentation issue.

    1. Most Android devices only see 1 or 2 updates and that’s it. Sucks for Jelly Bean devices that updated to 4.2.2, then eventually 4.3. They might miss out on Key Lime Pie altogether because of all the Jelly Bean updates. :/

      1. How good could KLP possibly be? There isn’t much left that I can think of that I demand from my OS. There was a time when I knew everything my OS could do, now there’s more than I can handle. Sooooooooooooooooo… yeah, I challenge you.

        1. KLP could connect to the robot in your kitchen, telling him to make dinner and bring it to you. #3000

  3. Wasn’t there a wild theory awhile back that Key Lime Pie was going to replace all the current Android OS versions? (Thus solving the fragmentation problem for good) Did we ever hear more about that?

    1. It wont REPLACE Gingebread, but it’s supposed to be so light, that super low-end devices can run it. This is one way Google can prevent new devices from launching with Gingerbread, and work on snuffing it out over the next few years.

      1. Ohh cool! Thanks man.

  4. There are few too many devices still on Gingerbread in my option. All devices should be released at ICS or HoneyComb at the minimal.

    1. Honeycomb? WTF?

      1. Yes, it’s better than starting off at Gingerbread. 3.2 sounds better than 2.3.3 to me.

        1. Honeycomb was made for tablets only.

          1. I know, tablets are Android devices as well aren’t they?

          2. They are, but Gingerbread was put primarily on phones (at least three-quarters of that 34.1% are phones only). Thus, most of the Gingerbread devices are phones. You can’t put an OS that was made specifically for tablets (Honeycomb) on a phone.

          3. well you probably could, it might just be kinda…different (think paranoid android in tablet mode)

        2. Not only was Honeycomb for tablets only (as Darkbotic stated), it was a botched/rushed product put out by Google to try and compete with Apple’s iPad. A few Google execs basically said as much. Which is part of the reason they never released the source code.

    2. Those are the people who are just using their phone to talk and text.

  5. Running ICS on my phone, Jelly Bean on my tablet, and the Google TV has Honeycomb.

  6. i have said this once and ill say it again, fragmentation is fairly meaningless at this point, there were very few apps that wouldn’t run on gingerbread before i upgraded, and now that i am on ics i have no urge to go to jb (its available for my d4) the only thing im missing out on is google now, android is doing what a good operating system does, getting out of the way

  7. I honestly don’t feel fragmentation comes from OS level as much as it does component levels. When you can’t get an app because your phone doesn’t have a certain processor, that’s fragmentation. Your phone being on an older level of the OS isn’t.

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