Android Jelly Bean muscles past Ice Cream Sandwich

The Gingerbread man is still king of the Android versions, though
Darren Allan

May 3, 2013
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The latest data concerning the market share of the various different versions of Android from the Android Developers website is in – and Jelly Bean is finally more widespread than Ice Cream Sandwich.

The data collected (via Play store logins) on Google’s mobile OS shows that for the two weeks leading up to May 1, Jelly Bean 4.1.x was on 26.1 per cent of devices, and 4.2.x was on 2.3 per cent of devices.

That’s a total of 28.4 per cent of Android devices now on Jelly Bean – compared to 27.5 per cent which are using Ice Cream Sandwich.

Jelly Bean still isn’t top dog, though, but in second place behind Gingerbread, which remains on 38.5 per cent of Android devices.

So it will still be a while before Jelly Bean becomes the dominant player when it comes to Android – although that said, it has come on leaps and bounds this year. At the start of 2013, Jelly Bean had just a 10 per cent market share, so it has almost trebled in four months – which is pretty impressive indeed.

Older versions of Android have almost dwindled to nothing now, with Froyo down from a considerable 9 per cent share in January to 3.7 per cent now. Éclair is now on 1.7 per cent, and Donut users make up a negligible 0.1 per cent of the Android user base.


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