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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Asymco has posted an article about smartphone migration, including an observation on retailer shelf space distribution:

About half of the Android phones on display are still running 2.2/2.3. So it appears that those versions are still good enough for most customers who primarily use FB/email/IM and do light browsing.

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Nelson Member since:

This just reinforces the notion that consumers do not buy phones. Consumers are sold phones.

Android does not succeed on its own merits, but rather on alignment with the interests of OEMs and Carriers which in turns results in a strong retail channel push.

Consumers lose, Google, OEMs, and Carriers win.

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chithanh Member since:

Consumers are not as passive as some people may think. Purchasing decisions are driven by price, brand, popularity and other things at least as much as they are driven by carriers.

Even a well informed consumer could opt for an Android 2.3 device for 100 USD (that works fine for what he wants to do with it), simply because there is nothing else competitive in this price range.

When Tizen comes to market this year this will presumably change, because the 'budget' shelf space will be shared between Android and Tizen then.

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