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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Old versions of Android
by shotsman on Fri 4th Jan 2013 06:20 UTC 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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the_randymon Member since:
2005-07-06

I just bought a Samsung pocket, running Gingerbread. It does what I need it to and I have neither need nor desire to upgrade it. And apparently Samsung had reasons to prefer an older version of Android for this device (size? cost? other?).

I don't see the numbers as a train wreck. It's just evolution.

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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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Alexey Technologov Member since:
2007-03-16

LOL ? Have you ever tried Galaxy S3 ?

Ofc course it just updated itself over-the-air from 4.0 --> 4.1 ! No PC is needed at all !

-Technologov

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