Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' hits 1.2 percent market share

Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' hits 1.2 percent market share

Summary: While Android 2.3 'Gingerbread,' remains the most popular version, Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' is making rapid, albeit overall modest progress.


Android updates remain painfully slow, almost glacial, in making their way to user's devices. However, it seems that the latest Android 4.1 release, codenamed 'Jelly Bean,' is seeing quite rapid, albeit overall modest adoption rates.

According to data collected by Google, based on devices accessing the Google Play store within a 14-day period up to September 4, the new Android version is now installed on 1.2 percent of devices accessing Google's app store.

Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' was officially unveiled at Google's I/O conference on June 27, and was released as an over-the-air update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on July 11, and was preinstalled on the Nexus 7 tablet, which has been making its way to enthusiastic consumers since mid-July.

While Google doesn't break down the data based on devices, it is likely that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Nexus 7 tablet make up the bulk of these devices running 'Jelly Bean.'

Comparing this latest data to that collected in the 14 days up to August 1 we find that apart from 'Jelly Bean,' which was at 0.8 percent, only Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' has gained ground, up 5.0 percentage points.

All other versions of Android are in slow decline.

The most popular Android version continues to be Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' with a 57.2 percent market share on Google's app store. This version was first released December 2010 and last updated September 2011.

Image source: Google Developer Dashboard.

Topics: Android, Google, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • Already Growing Faster Than Windows Phone

    Android 4.0 took less than 6 months to achieve greater market penetration than Windows Phone had been able to manage in a year and a half.

    I expect 4.1 will achieve it even faster.
  • Don't forget

    Don't forget the ASUS Transformers. My TF300 is running official Jellybean after the recent update.

    That said, I haven't really noticed any real difference in the way the machine runs or looks. OTOH, I never had an issue with lag in ICS, either.

    That said, and I really think this should be said everytime the issue of Android versions and updateds is discussed:

    I've got an HTC Evo 4G running Froyo (2.2) that I've never updated to 2.3 because it's rooted and I just don't care enough to hunt down the perfect 2.3 ROM to flash.

    I've got an HTC Flyer tablet running Honeycomb 3.2

    I've got an ASUS Tranformer TF300 running Jellybean 4.1

    Maybe it's because two of my devices are running Sense and one is on the latest Android release, but I just don't see huge usability differences between them. The hardware is the real distinguishing feature for me moreso than the OS. In all three devices I've got widgets and notifications, calendars and mail that sync to my Google, Yahoo and work e-mail. I've got many, many applications that run on all three. To list a few:

    Angry Birds, The Weather Channel, Opera Mobile, Hulu +, Dropbox, Fruit Ninja, Mame 4 Droid, Office Suit Pro, Skype, Amazon App Store, Kindle Reader...

    And the list goes on and on.

    The only app I can think of that won't run on some of my devices is Chrome, which required ICS or better. A few of my games require better hardware specs than either my Evo or my Flyer can supply (my Tegra 3 optimized titles, for instance). But that's just the march of progress. When my mobile contract is up, I'll upgrade to a new phone running ICS, probably, and a faster processor and more internal memory. For now, though, I still enjoy all my devices and don't feel that any one is crippled due to the OS version it's running.
  • Fragmentation

    Wait, but I've been told by various Zdnet's very "reputable" "writers" that Fragmentation is killing Android and how it's a horrible thing, and how I should hate google for it, yet 1.3 million people per day are saying other wise?
  • Rapid albeit overall modest?

    This is what happens when computer geeks try to write. Which is it, rapid or modest? It can't be both.
  • Fragmentation Schmagmentation

    The fact that gingerbread is still the most popular OS has a lot to do with wireless vendors but a little more to do with gingerbread itself. Gingerbread wasn't designed to be upgraded easily. That is why Carrier Versions of android have stoppe dupgrading. So everyone with a phone that is 1.5 years old or older is basically done upgrading. Since Ice Cream Sandwich However, the upgrade experience is much smoother. Will the carriers push updates faster? probably not. Will they push updates eventually? probably so. As time goes on and the gingerbread generation phones fade out and more people buy newer phones with newer a OS, the "fragmentation problem" that fanboys demonize android for will eventually disappear.
    • The problem is the hardware vendors

      The hardware vendors have to make the update to Android for their own hardware. This means if the device is out of warranty, like more than a year old. The vendor will likely not update it, even if the update is easy to port to their device. The issue with update is support from the vendors, certain % will brick and certain % will need to call tech support to get the latest ROM on.
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  • Gingerbread

    I wouldn't say Gingerbread is the "most popular" so much as the device manufacturers don't update their damn devices. They say "screw it, let's make a new phone to run that new OS, rather than update our old phones."
    Will Fowler
    • What else do you expect??

      Once the device is sold, they don't make a single dime out of them. So why waste money and resources updating the software when they don't get anything out of it.

      After all, they are all fighting for the scraps at the bottom of the barrel.
    • There is no choice

      I agree with Will Fowler. Older phones just do not have the luxury in getting newer updates. I want to update my wife's Samsung Galaxy S, but there is just no Jelly Beans for her phone.
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    Is it correct that I kept the diff between apple and android in
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