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Android 4.x installations overtake 2.3 Gingerbread after 17 months

By Shawn Knight
Mar 7, 2013
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  1. It may have taken nearly a year and a half but Android 4.x (all versions of Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean) has finally overtaken Gingerbread as the most widely used version of Google's mobile operating system according to the...

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  2. The reason for the fragmentation - for the manufacturer, there is no incentive to revisit an older handset and update the OS. By orphaning the older handsets with the older OS, they believe that gives customers an incentive to purchase a newer handset, which is where the manufacturer makes their money.

    Money is a great incentive. If it could be shown that owners of older handsets would be willing to pay a small fee for an OS update, maybe manufacturers would be encouraged to provide these updates.
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Started with 1.5 cupcake, then 1.6 donut, 2.0/2.1 elcair, 2.2 froyo, 2.3 gingerbread, honeycomb 3.0, 4.0 ice cream, 4.1 jellybean
    and soon to be announced 5.0 key-lime pie.

    All these ROM OS, are still build on top of 1.6 donut, making changes along the way with newer coding. Case in point gingerbread and honeycomb share so much of the same code, that gingerbread was hidden but could be unhidden on that platform. The rest about the same except they had new features (coding) to fix issues that plague honeycomb and thus we now have ice cream which had so many releases and now jellybean.

    Key-lime pie was suppose to be release which hasn't surface yet and that was suppose to fix issues in jellybean. Right now as I see from my android forums I run there is still a vast number still on 1.6 and 2.3.3. Charts show one aspect that goes unreported. Google base it facts on who access Play Store which version of the OS does. Gingerbread is still used.

    Cheaper tablets that use donut out of china and sold here in the USA still modified OS on those tablets and they can do a lot with donut still where they can't do with the others like eclair, froyo, gingerbread, honeycomb (tablet only), ice cream and jellybean. More about licensing control.

    Because of all this Market (aka Play Store) wasn't on these tablet running not tablet OS but phone OS all the way up to gingerbread. That's how they got around selling tablets dirt cheap. But now it's all changed, but still phone OS in ice cream was still be used on cheaper tablets.

    As for the cell phone, pre-paid Android phone OS still had froyo on them, and the rest had gingerbread. Just last year they started coming with ice cream. Times are changing as well on cheaper tablets to have the most current Android OS on their.
  4. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    No way. Those manufacturers need to allow quick access to default android skin so you can choose to update if you want to without waiting for them to update their ****. Google needs to enforce this.

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