As Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich nears its first birthday on October 19th, just 24% of users have been upgraded. The lion’s share of users (56%) are still on Android 2.3, Gingerbread. And what of Android 4.1, Jelly Bean? Since it was announced in June of this year, just 1.8% of all Android users are running the latest and greatest OS. Keep in mind, all Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 devices sold since that date shipped with Jelly Bean, so that percentage isn’t representative of upgrades alone.
So naturally, you’ve been wondering when you’ll see Jelly Bean grace the pixels of your device. The short answer is: whenever the combination of your device manufacturer and your wireless carrier make it available. With the exception of Google Nexus devices, every other device is at the mercy of those two groups. First, the device manufacturer does internal testing and modification so their “skins” are consistent with previous versions. Once they’ve signed off, the upgrade goes to the carriers to load with bloatware deploy. This process takes months (if not longer), which is why 56% of Android users are still on Gingerbread. Gingerbread was released almost two years ago.
Head over over to JR Raphael’s post on ComputerWorld to find out if there’s a planned upgrade to Jelly Bean in your device’s future.
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