With everyone now waiting for 4.4 KitKat, Google has updated their Android Distribution Charts to be updated for early September. This time, it’s more interesting other than just Jelly Bean getting more market share. This time, the subtraction of certain Android versions is interesting.
Noticeably absent are Android 1.6 Donut (from September 2009) and Android 2.0-2.1 Eclair (from October 2009 through early January 2010). This means that devices with those versions finally account for less than 1% of the market share of Android globally.
Now since Google only counts devices that connect to the Play Store, it doesn’t mean those devices are just dead, they’re just not in use (or have broken internet). This means that people with these old operating system versions have finally upgraded to new phones, presumably ones with Jelly Bean and above.
We’re only guessing at this, since Jelly Bean gained lots of market share. Versions 4.1-4.2 account for 45.1% of the market, meaning almost half of all Android users are on Jelly Bean. 4.3 is absent, but that’s probably because there’s less than a dozen devices out there that are running it (going for out-of-the-box devices like the Nexus devices).
Android 2.3, Gingerbread, has continued to fall, now only accounting for 30.7%. People are either updating their phones or getting new ones, which is good for the ecosystem. Finally, all other versions (3.2 Honeycomb and 2.2 Froyo) only account for 2.5% of all devices as well.
The next time Google updates this, hopefully 4.3 will be included on this pie chart. And with 4.4 KitKat on the horizon, it will wind up on this pie chart soon as well.
Source: Android Developer Dashboard