There are more Android phones on Jelly Bean than on Gingerbread
Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android, finally overtook Gingerbread and became the most used version of the mobile platform, writes Mashable. According to the Android Developers website , 37.9% of Android users use versions 4.1 and 4.2, and Gingerbread (2.3) takes the second place with a share of 34.1%. In third place is Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) with 23.3%.
Gingerbread turned out to be a persistent version. Last month it was used on 36.5% - most of them - Android devices, while Jelly Bean had 33%. According to TechCrunch, the separation of Jelly Bean could be facilitated by the fact that recently a number of OEM partners released this update for their devices, including the AT&T Galaxy S2.
As for the less popular versions of Android, Honeycomb (3.2) costs 0.1% of the devices, while Eclair (2.1) and Froyo (2.2) have shares of 1.4% and 3.1%, respectively. Donut (1.6), the very first version of Android, still retains a 0.1% share.
Data on the use of different versions of Android is based on the number of Android devices from which they visited Google Play for a 14-day period.
These statistics confirm that Android remains very fragmented, especially when compared to the closed iOS ecosystem. However, judging by the current dynamics, Jelly Bean may soon break away from all other versions of the OS.
Google took additional steps to reduce fragmentation, including starting to transfer Samsung and HTC updates for the “Google Edition” versions of their flagship phones (Galaxy S4 and HTC One) immediately after the release of these updates for Nexus.