Android market share, Android fragmentation, OS fragmented

Last month’s Android ecosystem chart saw Jelly Bean (Android 4.1-4.2.x) finally overtake Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7) for the very first time despite the latter version’s aging hold on the OS share.

Only one month later, the latest chart reveals that Android 4.1 alone grew to 34 percent of the entire Android user base, up from 32 percent on last month’s chart. By comparison, Gingerbread now holds 33 percent of the Android market as it continually refuses to die an easy death, down only 1.1 percent from July. When combined with the rest of the Jelly Bean iterations, the latest Android version holds a whopping 40.5 percent majority of the fragmented ecosystem.

Even older versions still hold on to their ever-shrinking pieces of the dessert-filled pie. Froyo (v2.2), Eclair (v2.1) suffered losses of 1.1 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively. Ice Cream Sandwich, meanwhile, saw a small loss at 0.8 percent, holding 22.5 percent of the Android market share.

In a bit of a comic twist, still older versions continued to hold steady when compared to last month’s results, including Honeycomb and Donut, both now at 0.1 percent. Considering a great many apps in Google Play won’t even run on these phones, it’s safe to say that these devices are likely representing users who only use their phones for calling. Now that’s old school.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at