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.'

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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: Mobility, Google, Smartphones, Tablets


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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