News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday December 04, 2012.
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Google has struggled to encourage Android smartphone manufacturers and carriers to update consumer devices to the latest version of Android, and new statistics from Google predictably show that not much progress has been made in those efforts. Android 2.3 Gingerbread, released two years ago, remains on 50.8 percent of Android devices that visited Google Play recently. Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean only account for 6.7 percent of visits, showing that the path to the latest software updates is so long that only a select few of devices ever bother to travel it.
Several other older versions of Android continue to linger in the stats. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the second most-used version of Android with 27.5 percent of Google Play visits. Android 2.2 Froyo accounts for 10.3 percent, Android 2.1 Eclair represents 2.7 percent, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb accounts for 1.6 percent of visits. All versions range in age and feature set and will continue to appear in stats for a long time because of manufacturers and carriers failing to update devices. Until consumers purchase new phones or tablets running more up to date software, most Android users will continue to be on firmware that is 1 to 3 years old.source: Google
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