Google updated its Android version distribution statistics and the numbers show that most Android users are still living in the past.
The recent figures reveal that a whopping 45.6% of Android owners still use Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which first debuted in December 2010 and was showcased by the Nexus S from Samsung. Only 13.6% use the latest versions of Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean, while Ice Cream Sandwich sits in the middle with 29% of Android’s installed user base.
These numbers aren’t surprising as adoption of the latest operating system has always been a sticking point for Android. Getting a new version of Android onto a phone requires cooperation from manufacturers as well as carriers, both of which slow down the update process to a crawl.