Latest Android OS install stats are out, While Gingerbread still remains the largest major version of the platform, its dominance is decreasing steadily. As of today, Gingerbread only represented 47%, down from 50% in December.
Second place was Ice Cream Sandwich with 29$ up from 27% in December. The two versions of Jelly Bean totaled up to 10%, ICS 4.1 accounts for 9%, while ICS 4.2 is on a measly 1.2% of devices.
The decrease in Gingerbread and increase in Ice Cream Sandwich is actually welcome news, especially since we want to see more users getting the latest UI available, that remained fairly consistent throughout subsequent platform releases. Take a look at the breakdown at the screenshot.
According flurry.com, there are 10 percent more active Android devices in use around the world than iOS devices, and it looks like this trend is likely to continue. At the recent All Things D conference Apple's CEO Tim Cook spoke on stage with Walt Mossberg, he mentioned Android users spend 20 percent less time using apps on their devices compared to iOS users.
So what are the reasons for this? One reason could be that Android phones are becoming so prevalent that many users are switching from feature phones to Android smartphones but actually they don't want/need/know about the smartphone features and so spend less time in apps but more time using the phone as just a simple phone.
In this report from flurry.com, arguing that there is more than one race for mobile market share occurring simultaneously. They analyzed four years worth of Flurry's data to understand who is ahead in which contests, discuss the apparent strengths and weaknesses of the competitors, and consider the implications for the overall mobile ecosystem.