While the wait for Android 4.3 continues, Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean have finally overtaken Android 2.3.x Gingerbread version. The latest Android distribution numbers for the month of June (updated by Google) confirm that Jelly Bean is the most-used Android version among the devices that have access to Google Play Store. It took a full year for Jelly Bean to reach this mark.
Jelly Bean is currently running on 37.9% active devices which is a 5% increase over last month’s 33%, which made the difference. Strangely enough, Android 4.2.x occupies only 5.6 % of the leading figure while the rest is at the helm of Android 4.1.x. 23.3% got lucky as they at least got on to the Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich bandwagon. A good 34.1% are still stuck with Android 2.3.x Gingerbread and 3.1% unfortunate people are still dragging on with Android 2.2.x Froyo.
1.4% Android users just made it to the list by rocking Eclair, while Donut and Honeycomb share rarity with 0.1% share each. Even though the figures indicate the diversity of Android versions, the actual figure could be higher as these are only the devices that have access to Google Play Store. There might still be some unfortunate ones that have not made in the census of the Android world due to their lack of access to the Play Store or those who weren’t interested to visit Google Play Store even once.
Google reworked its algorithm to count the Android users, explained in Google’s own words:
Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store. Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.
Jelly Bean 4.1 was revealed last year in June 2012, and Jelly Bean 4.2 followed in October 2012. With Jelly Bean 4.3 version to be revealed soon enough and Android 5.0 still months away, we expect the Jelly Bean to cross the 50% mark soon. The delay in the launch of Android 5.0 will also allow developers to develop custom ROMs to bring older devices to Jelly Bean bandwagon in the meantime. The complete updated report also features distribution on the basis of screen sizes and densities.
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