The transition away from the old Android, anything below Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, has been slow and painful. It’s been a year since Android made the major shift away from the confused mess that was its earlier releases. Now it’s time to see just how many users are actually enjoying the more mature operating system Android has become.
Google has released the latest numbers for their frequently updated Android distribution chart that shows the, “number of Android devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period.” In other words, how many people are running what version of Android in the real world. According to the current distribution numbers, Android 4.x, including ICS and Jelly Bean, is close to a 30% install base – 28.5% to be exact.
To put that into perspective, it has taken a full year for Google and its partners to get three out of every ten users on modern Android. Five out of ten still use Gingerbread, while the other two are stuck with something else. Clearly, it will take something drastic for Google to get users all on the same generation of Android, let alone version.
Google doesn’t seem to be bothered by the current adoption rate of new versions of Android. They’re more worried about providing all Android users with access to their ad driven services, which they’ve been relatively successful in doing.
With the way Nexus devices are being sold through the Play Store, globally accessible and incredibly affordable, I wouldn’t be surprised to see quite a jump in distribution numbers after the holiday season. What version of Android are you running?