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Gingerbread is Still Most Popular Android OS

Google has revealed that Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is still the most popular version for the platform with the OS being installed on 55.8 percent of all Android devices.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), meanwhile, trailed in second place with a 23.7 percent share. As for the latest Android version, Jelly Bean, it was only able to claim a 1.8 percent share, with Android 2.2 (Froyo) beating the latest OS with a 12.9 percent market share.

To see Gingerbread still the market leader for Android operating systems is surprising to say the least, with it launching all the way back during December 2010. That said, its market share has shown signs of slow decrease; during the opening stages of September, Gingerbread's market share was 57.5 percent.

The Android market share data released by Google was based on number of Android devices accessing the Google Play marketplace through a 14-day period ended yesterday.

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  • halcyon
    Well, its not the largest installed base by any user's choice. Trust me. ICS is so much better its almost indescribable. The manufacturers that haven't updated their hardware to ICS should really be ashamed.
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  • xpeh
    Yeah, maybe if the older devices supported 4.0, there'd be a much higher percantage.
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  • AndrewMD
    The problem is device manufactures stop supporting their devices after they release a new one. Typically this is what you get when it is free... At least Apple has been faithful about updating their devices....
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  • wildkitten
    I think the title should be changed from Most Popular to Most Used as the word popular implies it would be the most wanted. My Bionic is still on GB, however, not by personal choice. Verizon keeps rejecting the ICS builds Motorola makes for the phone. If I had my choice, I would not be on GB.
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  • livebriand
    Here's a suggestion for the manufacturers that'll save money and increase user satisfaction: stop making so many phones and promptly abandoning them. Why does Samsung have so many models that trying to keep track of them all is hopeless? Until they start updating them more, I'll stick with Nexus devices.
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  • Teeroy32
    I'm still on Froyo 2.2.1 on my little Samsung Galaxy 5 GT-I5503T, I can't see Sammy or Telstra upgrading it to anything newer any time soon, if ever. That saying but, it still does everything, it's not as nice as a sammy galaxy s3 or an iphone, but it still does more then my mates iphone 4, atleast I can click on links on a page or email and watch a flash video. Hopefully he won't need to worry about that, with html5 starting to take over
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  • Benthon
    Probably because people who got Gingerbread back in 2010 are waiting until this year or early next year when their contracts expire/are due for an update. I still use an Droid X2 (Im due for a upgrade later this month) with Gingerbread. I bought my phone on contract in January 2011.
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  • kryzzay
    The title here is stupid. It's not the most popular OS. It's just that either people don't know there's an update, or there isn't one to begin with.

    Glad I'm one of the 1.8% with Jelly Bean. :D

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  • frombehind
    livebriandHere's a suggestion for the manufacturers that'll save money and increase user satisfaction: stop making so many phones and promptly abandoning them. Why does Samsung have so many models that trying to keep track of them all is hopeless? Until they start updating them more, I'll stick with Nexus devices.
    Save money for who? You do realize that they will loose money if they sell less phones... Right? What's the best way to make you spend 500 bucks on a new phone every year? Why, make a slightly better phone, and make sure you cannot update your old one.
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  • bak0n
    That's the one (only?) thing I can give credit to apple on. They update their phones, unlike my LG Thrill which just promises to make upgrades and never does.
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