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: Old versions of Android
by Laurence on Fri 4th Jan 2013 12:16 UTC 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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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

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.

Gingerbread isn't 3.x, so I don't really see how that follows on from my point.

From what I gather, ICS (4.x) does have a larger disk footprint (possibly memory too?) than Gingerbread (2.3). So as much as I'd rather see ICS on all new handsets, Gingerbread might make more sense on some budget hardware.

I don't really know your handset well enough to comment specifically though ;)

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