It’s been a few months since we looked at the Android distribution figures, with the headline back in July being that Jelly Bean had finally surpassed Gingerbread as the dominant version.
The latest figures show Jelly Bean nearing 50%, which is probably as good as it’s going to get before KitKat comes along and the whole fragmentation party starts all over again.
As always, there are two ways to look at things. Thinking positively, Google can proudly claim that half of the Android user base is now on the latest version of its OS.
Or, more cynically, one might point out that almost one third of users are stuck on 2011’s Gingerbread, while a further fifth are on Ice Cream Sandwich. Indeed, combined, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich top Jelly Bean.
Serving yet more cynical juice, Jelly Bean breaks down into three individual versions, with the true latest version of Google’s ubiquitous OS, Android 4.3, popping up on just 1.5% of active devices.
Any way you look at it, here are the latest figures from Google:
- Froyo – 2.2%
- Gingerbread – 28.5%
- Honeycomb – 0.1%
- Ice Cream Sandwich – 20.6%
- Jelly Bean 4.1 – 36.5%
- Jelly Bean 4.2 – 10.6%
- Jelly Bean 4.3 – 1.5%
Those figures add up to 100%, so I’m happy. Peace out.