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Gingerbread still accounts for almost half of Android devices

In order to help Android app developers to know which Android version to develop for, Google has the Android Device Dashboard that tracks certain hardware info of devices accessing Google Play.

android device dashboard

According to the latest results, the current platform version distribution shows Gingerbread, particularly version 2.3.3 ““ 2.3.7, as still the most widely-installed Android OS version at 47.4%. Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) follows suit at 29.1% and Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2) still at around 10.2% penetration.

It comes to no surprise as widespread adoption of Android smartphones happened last year while Gingerbread was still the OS version. Gingerbread also spent a long time in active duty before ICS came out. And the fact that a lot of entry-level, and mid-range smartphones are happily chugging along with Gingerbread made a lot of manufacturers stick to it for a while.

I had a conversation recently with an engineer from an international handset manufacturer who stated that the reason why they didn’t push for ICS update quickly is that they feel that Gingerbread is still the more stable version. There are performance and battery issues with ICS that they feel shouldn’t be a must-update version.

Do check the latest Android Device Dashboard to see the complete breakdown as well as device screen size/density distribution.

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  • Mica

    Gingerbread doesn’t do much justice to the Android system. The need for people to experience ICS or JB is must. Haha. Opinion!

  • mike

    para sakin.mas stable tlga ang gb.i tried ics sa phone ko.arc s,napakabagal magprocess tapos ang bilis malobat kaya binalik ko sa gb.

  • 21

    Dahil po yan sa mga phone companies na tamad mgrelease ng update. . i’m using, ICS right now, wla nmn po problema, new features pero makikita mo talaga yung decrease sa performance nung phone. .bili nlng ult bgo kung my pera ..

  • thejorlanb

    for the development naman, api level 9 at 10 ang pinakasafe,since it is stable.

  • Griswold

    ang mga tao kasi basta may latest yun kaagad ang gusto. pilit na humihingi ng ICS kahit babagal yung device nila. pina ka enjoy ako talaga nung gingerbread pa OS ng phone ko.