Each month, the team behind the development of Google’s mobile operating system is posting a report about the market share of each Android version. Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread are starting to drop in market share, while Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean are being installed on more devices powered by Google’s mobile OS.
On December 1st 2012, Android 2.3 Gingerbread had a market share of 50.8%, while Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 2.2 Fryo controlled 27.5% and 10.3% of the Android-powered devices market, respectively.
As you can see, Android Jelly Bean, the latest iteration of the mobile platform, is not even in Top 3, having a market share of only 6.7% (Android 4.1 and 4.2 combined). Certain customers that are purchasing high-end Android smartphones can’t update their devices, because the manufacturers haven’t released the firmware upgrades yet. The fragmentation of Android is the one to blame, and everybody is aware that this is the biggest problem of Google’s OS.
I am expecting Android Jelly Bean to bite a big chunk of Gingerbread 2.3’s market share, but Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is just around the corner (the release date was rumored to be at Google I/O event, on May 15th), then all the manufacturers will start working on upgrading their devices to the new version.
The only devices that are always upgraded to the latest Android firmwares are the ones belonging to the Nexus tribe, the line-up developed by Google in partnership with various smartphone and tablet manufacturers.