Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 23:42 UTC
Google So, Gingerbread has finally dropped below 50% of devices accessing Google Play. Ice Cream Sandwich has almost hit the 30%, and after six months, Jelly Bean (4.1 and 4.2) almost hit the 10%. Google's page listing these numbers is like a trainwreck in slowmotion.
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RE[2]: Trainwreck?
by Delgarde on Fri 4th Jan 2013 03:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Trainwreck?"
Delgarde
Member since:
2008-08-19

"Huh? What does "trainwreck" even mean?


It means that ICS being over a year old and only on about 30% of devices is pathetic.
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Note that this isn't talking about new phones purchased - it's about *all* Android phones in use today. And because not everyone buys a new phone every week, that means there's a *lot* of old-model phones that simply aren't capable of running newer OS versions...

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Old versions of Android
by shotsman on Fri 4th Jan 2013 06:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Trainwreck?"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

The agerage man/woman in the street is

1) probably does not know what version of OS their phone is running
2) probably does not know if their phone supports a later version of the OS
3) probably does not know where to get updates/ new ROM's.
4) probably does not have the skill (or more importantly the patience) to load something like Cyanogen

Then there are makers still selling NEW phones with 2.3 installed AND there are no updates available from the maker to 3.x let alone 4.x

Thus, and in conclusion, is this really news?
Please note that I said 'The Average man/woman' and not the like of those who frequent places like this

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RE: Old versions of Android
by Laurence on Fri 4th Jan 2013 12:16 in reply to "Old versions of Android"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I don't disagree with what you're saying, however there was one point I'd like to clarify:


Then there are makers still selling NEW phones with 2.3 installed AND there are no updates available from the maker to 3.x let alone 4.x

Android 3.x isn't available for phones. It was purely for tablets and was a bit of a rush job to create a platform for larger screens. So even on tablets, ICS (4.x) is preferred - and that's putting aside the security and app availability issues. (It's also why 3.x has the 2nd lowest usage figures - only beaten by the initial 1.x release's of Android)

So for practicality reasons, it's easier to pretend 3.x never happened.

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RE: Old versions of Android
by Radio on Fri 4th Jan 2013 13:06 in reply to "Old versions of Android"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

You are right, but there is one undisputable problem with the lack of updates: there are also no security updates. And this is very bad.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Agree x1000.

With regards to 2 & 3, the device manufacturers are really at fault here. With even a good phone like the S3, it requires a craptacular windows/mac desktop app (kies) to do the update. Why not over the air? Why does it sometimes say that the (never rooted, never unlocked) phone can't be updated?

Nexuses update nice and cleanly, always give you the stock rom to reflash to.

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