Google's Biggest Problem With Android

Out of all the Android phones and tablets, just under 5% are running the latest version of Google’s operating system. 

That’s according to Google’s own Android developers page, which regularly breaks down the percentage of devices running a given version of Android.

The latest version of Android, version 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” has been available for almost six months. But we’re just now starting to see new devices ship with that version.

About 64% of Android devices are running Android version 2.3 “Gingerbread,” which came out a year and a half ago.

That’s pretty pitiful. And it doesn’t help that Googlers think it’s OK to make users wait so long for a major software update. Meanwhile, Apple and Microsoft are able to update all their devices as soon as a new version of iOS or Windows Phone is ready to go.

The only way to really guarantee you’ll get the latest version of Android as quickly as possible is to buy one of Google’s flagship “Nexus” devices. Nexus phones run a clean version of Android and tend to get the update right away.

Here are the charts and tables from Google that break down the different versions of Android:

android version distribution chart

Photo: Google

android version distribution tablet

Photo: Google

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