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Android in Feb 2013: Jelly Bean grows, Gingerbread dominates

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Android in Feb 2013: Jelly Bean grows, Gingerbread dominates - read the full textThe platform distribution numbers for Android in February are out and they bring little surprises. The trends from the previous few months continue, with Jelly Bean gaining ground on ICS and the now long outdated Gingerbread. The Gingerbread userbase has dropped from 45.6% to 44.2%, but...


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by the way, there are no low cost phones running Jellybean. I just bought a $200 LG Optimus L9 with ICS. So, it's the carriers that truly decide your pointless piechart showing slow acceptance of Jellybean. Why bother depressing everyone that will never get an upgrade, as the major carriers move own without us selling the $500+ phones with everything.

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  • 2013-03-09 14:57
  • jZ5{

Your pie chart is pointless. It is not the consumer that picks Jellybean, ICS or Gingerbread. it is the slow idiotic risk averse carriers that decide when we get our upgrades if at all. Since they have no incentive to upgrade to jellybean, they drag their feet and promise us pie in the sky JB, while Apple allows updates on all their devices. Why is it so hard for these carriers to give us an OS upgrade, when JB has been out since last year 2012?

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  • 2013-03-07 22:32
  • xAMx

With each Android update this problem will simply just get worse and worse. No way out of this problem.

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  • 2013-03-07 12:17
  • PG5Y

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-03-07 03:17 from kg3M - click to readAndroid apps can run native code, but the problem is that is more easy to program in JAVA language.

The same for Windows Phone, mayor apps are in Silverlight and not in C++, but Silverlight isn't slow as JAVA.

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  • 2013-03-07 11:26
  • n%$H

Jellybean battery sucks. Think twice before you decide to use JB on daily basis...

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  • 2013-03-07 08:12
  • TSRR

Just proves the fragmentation on Android...

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  • 2013-03-07 05:57
  • YQW6

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-03-07 01:33 from ShLQ - click to readAndroid doesn't run on native code like WP8 and iOS. It runs on Davik VM. It won't be as smooth as those other two OS.

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  • 2013-03-07 03:17
  • kg3M

Ics is nasty,,wish I never updated, so laggy and buggy, its hard to see why I bother with htc.. want a Sammy. I think its the best choice :) run out contract please.... :(

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  • 2013-03-07 01:33
  • ShLQ

that has nothing to do with google. if the O.S is open source brands can launch any crap with GB anytime.

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  • 2013-03-06 21:51
  • JkIh

beacause Lg stand......never update htc (rest)

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  • 2013-03-06 20:20
  • 0U7Z

best plan guys,i think android is best in the world.but gingerbread is low 4 my ace5830,we wants to be ace5830 upgrade by jelly bean..

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  • 2013-03-06 20:05
  • fxHc

> In reply to RicAndroid @ 2013-03-06 19:22 from j8wI - click to readI meant to type "A dev" and not "I dev"

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  • 2013-03-06 19:52
  • j8wI

If it weren't for those quirky adjustments OEMs made to the UI, ie launchers and digging deep into the framework of the Android OS, more phones would get the updates quicker.

This causes delays with the updates because that means the OEMs need to sit down and completely butcher the framework and UI again. They also need to make the bloatware compatible with ICS/JB.

On low-end phones, like my Sidekick 4G, they may decide that it is not worth the time or effort to invest on a mid-range device. Especially when they further twisted the UI with an altered version of TouchWiz as in the Sidekick's case.

I dev over at xda informed that this is common practice for companies like Samsung. It is done to force people to upgrade to newer devices. While understandable, I do not have the money to upgrade to a Galaxy III or Nexus 4 using that crappy partial discount T-Mobile offers.

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  • 2013-03-06 19:22
  • j8wI

Sultry, like my Galaxy Ace 2 that is in Gingerberad yet.

Lags, poor quality devices, poor cameras, poor microphones, poor or null upgrades... goodbye Android.
Hello Windows Phone and hello again Nokia.

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  • 2013-03-06 18:08
  • n%{Y

To a certain degree Google only have themselves to blame for this mess. If instead of putting out a single new O/S to one phone and leaving everyone else, even the same manufacturer in some instances, to play catch up they actually worked with manufacturers across the board, they could roll out updates across the board to mutliple devices and manufacturers at a time. Not that I am in anyway saying Microsoft are the greatest etc, I use a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but at least they do this and get updates out acorss he board very quickly. How many MS phone are running an O/S that has had no upgrades in over 2 years?

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  • 2013-03-06 16:15
  • p%n8

That's why nexus still the best.don't get wrong I do prefer xperia z, htc one, xperia zl and upcoming galaxy s4 over the nexus anyway, but end of the day nexus is pure google phone that getting update in time even though nexus 4 didn't comes with best screen or best camera.

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  • 2013-03-06 15:01
  • nCc{

and since sony has untied with eric they are just trying to manipulate.

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  • 2013-03-06 14:57
  • mcja

gb is better than ics and jelly bean leave aside some stupid features and kernel remoulding i have use ics but it is worst than gb. operating wise on any phone.

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  • 2013-03-06 14:55
  • mcja

GB will still be in the lead one year from now, it will not go down so easily. There are so many people on GB who are stuck without any updated from the OEMs. And I doubt the OEMs will get the updates going, so GB all the way for one more year.

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  • 2013-03-06 14:44
  • XNsK

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-03-06 13:44 from m77L - click to readToo true. I recently installed the dGB ROM on my ageing Desire and it really does work very quickly. If you want a simple Android phone that does what you want it to do, then GB has those options whilst still being powerful enough to have some extra luxories. It is far simpler that the much more advanced ICS/JB release.

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  • 2013-03-06 14:44
  • nxX0

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