Jelly Bean nears 50% distribution as Google prepares to launch Kit Kat

Jelly Bean nears 50% distribution as Google prepares to launch Kit KatIt’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.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 5, 2013 at 18:41

They must be wrong figures - I personally know 2 peeps with phones on, tataaaaaa, Donut!

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 6, 2013 at 04:03

They must be wrong figures - I personally know 2 peeps with phones on, tataaaaaa, Donut!
I'm not entirely sure that rural Ireland is an accurate representation of the world's Android distribution ;)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 6, 2013 at 10:17

Good lord, lad - you can't spit on me heritage and get away with it! Oh, wait - you're right.

Gridl0k  Oct. 7, 2013 at 12:09

Don't forget they changed how they count this too, so all those who have an ancient version but don't use the Play store are excluded. This makes comparison with other OS irrelevant, as nobody knows what percentage of the user base are excluded.

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