Android 'Jelly Bean' usage share breaks 10 percent barrier

Android 'Jelly Bean' usage share breaks 10 percent barrier

Summary: Android 4.1 and 4.2 'Jelly Bean' sees another huge jump in usage share, finally taking it over the 10 percent barrier.


Over the past few month Google has seen a massive increase in traffic to its Google Play app store from devices running the latest Android 4.1 and 4.2 "Jelly Bean" mobile operating system, and during December the operating system broke the 10 percent barrier.

The data, collected during the 14-day period ending on January 3, 2013, shows that "Jelly Bean" usage share has risen dramatically compared to the same period last month, rising from 6.7 percent to 10.2 percent.

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This increase follows a similar dramatic increase last month, where "Jelly Bean" usage share more than doubled compared to the same period in October, rising from 2.7 percent to 6.7 percent.

Android is seeing spectacular growth, especially in China where two out of every three mobile phones sold were powered by Android, making it the single largest market for the platform. 

Overall, it is estimated that around 786 million Android smartphone devices were sold worldwide in 2012.

The slow adoption of new versions of Android affects everyone in the ecosystem. Not only does it  force developers to support an ever-increasing array of aging versions, it prevents them from making full use of new features.

It also has an effect on consumer, denying them new features and security updates that help keep their handsets and tablets safe from hackers and malware. 

The most popular version of Android continues to be Android 2.3 "Gingerbread," a version that hasn't seen an update since September 2011.

Image source: Google Developer Dashboard.


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Topics: Android, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • The future belongs to Android

    It's getting harder and harder to deny it. More and more it's becoming evident that Apple's long term challenge is not how to remain dominant in the smartphone market, but how to avoid becoming the next RIM, and instead become the next Apple. And what I mean by this is that we're seeing a clear replay of the PC wars of the 1980's and 1990's with Apple's closed, proprietary and superior technology slowly losing market share as a rival's cheaper, more open technology matures and erases the technological and usability advantages that Apple once enjoyed. Apple's long term challenge will be to maintain a core band of loyalist consumers that will allow iOS to retain a stubborn 10% market share in the face of the more popular (if less polished) alternative. What they must avoid is becoming RIM, the company that had it all and then lost it all.

    As for the other players in the smartphone market? Think Atari, think Commodore, think Tandy... but not as popular at their height.
    • retaining 10% should be easy

      I agree with your assessment in general, but I think (hope?) iOS will stabilize quite a bit higher than 10%. As you say, they need to "maintain a core band of loyalist consumers" but I think today's difference from the 1980s PC war is that core is a lot larger. It's a pretty big crowd of users that will buy nothing but Apple, that's not likely to change. And Apple still own the mindshare of the uninitiated (in US if not China) who think tablet==iPad and smartphone==iPhone.

      Google's challenge is seeing that Gingerbread share drop markedly over the next year as more phones come off contract and more new phones come with ICS or JB. That's still a pretty sad situation for them.
    • Apple is mostly just an American religion...

      ...based on die-hard idea that "there ain't free lunch". As a matter of act most of the best lunches during the history have always been free. If you had red the history of Roman Empire there were lots of free lunch for citizens just like free education and free tickets to bath houses.

      Majority of first schools in America and Europe were built by volunteer village people who have common interest to give free education for their children. Linux is one of the greatest thing of IT and results have been much better than what Microsoft have done.

      In global market there ain't much room for too expensive smartphone and tablet. Folks want much cheaper devices than Apple or Microsoft can give them. In India there are now $50 tablets for students and ordinary people. You can be sure they are not iPad or Surface. Yeah - they are based on Linux.

      World is changing and times are getting pretty bad for Apple and Microsoft.
  • 786 Million? So Android Outsells Windows More Than 2:1?

    Looks like Linux is completely leaving Microsoft in the dust.
    • How many Windows-licenses were sold in 2012?

      I doubt less than 300 million. So the rate should be something like 1:2,5 or near 1:3 if we take Android smartphone+tablets.
  • Too much lag between OS

    the uptake of android over apple was always a given if you consider most 'normal' people to be smart enough to realise that apple couldnt let you do what you wanted to do with either the ipad or iphone. open source would change that but that wont ever happen however the big big drawback of Android is the rollout of new OS. I had to wait for the 4G S3 to get jelly bean..i have a note 10.1 that is STILL waiting for JB here in australia. Android need to get on top of this and make the OS release a global event where EVERYONE can update. That is the only thing i give credit to apple for is their OS was released globally on all devices even extending the life of old ones such as the 3GS. There would be more uptake to JB if everyone could access it...its not because we dont want to or because we're happy with ICS..its because its not available!
  • Misleading Headline

    At a casual glance, one could be forgiven for thinking that the headline implies that Jelly Bean has a 10% market share, rather than a 10% share of the Android market. I enjoy owning a Nexus 7, so I am far from an Android skeptic, but I won't really be impressed until Jelly Bean achieves a 50% share of the Android market.
  • Never

    I think Jelly Bean may never reach over 50 % market share. The combination of old Android versions and newer upcoming versions will propably total more than Jelly Bean.
  • Time to pressure carriers to speed the upgrade

    I'm using Jelly Bean, and my wife's phone is on a different Android release. This is THE one advantage that IOS has over Android. As I understand it, it's not completely Google's problem, it seems the carriers are reluctant to quickly offer upgrades. I may be wrong, but whatever the problem. I would love to have more consistency, if nothing else, it makes it easier for me to walk my wife through different processes.