Nearly half of all Android devices running latest 'Jelly Bean' software

Nearly half of all Android devices running latest 'Jelly Bean' software

Summary: As Android "KitKat" waits on the sidelines, days after its unveiling as the next Android version codename, "Jelly Bean" remains the most use Android version — but fragmentation is still rife.

TOPICS: Android
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Android adoption in "Jelly Bean," Google's latest mobile operating system release, rose to more than 45 percent in August, according to new stats out today.

The latest Android software, which collectively includes 4.1 and 4.2, rose by 5 percentage points last month, as all other older versions of the software declined in share.

It comes in the same week after Google announced "KitKat" would be the codename of the next version of the world's most use mobile operating system, in conjunction with trademark owner Nestle, and Hershey's, which licenses the name for use in the U.S. market.

Google's senior vice president of Android and Chrome Sundar Pichai announced on Google+ on Tuesday that the company has now surpassed the one billion Android device activations worldwide, including both smartphones and tablets.

"Ice Cream Sandwich," version 4.0, remains in close second with 21.7 percent of the share of all devices running the latest Google Play Store app, which is how Google calculates the overall figures.

Google's software version fragmentation remains, as ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes noted back in May when the share of "Jelly Bean" devices was about half of what it has today, that a push in the software version's expansion reduces fragmentation over time.

But whether or not Google can keep a lid on "KitKat" long enough to see a steep decline in older software versions remains to be seen. After all, "KitKat" could pose the same fragmentation risks that "Ice Cream Sandwich" had with "Gingerbread." 

Topic: Android

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  • Oh the Horror

    This is terrible Fragmentation how will the Andriod ever survive. :-)
    • Just try it

      Try developing for sometyhing like this, then come back and tell us all how this ISN'T fragmentation. :)
      • You going to push Linux next right

      • Surprisingly, the facts don't agree with you

        Okay, so surprisingly was the wrong word.

        Personally I don't see a problem with play store. There's more than 10 apps in there at the moment so your BS doesn't really ring true, does it? I'm not even going to ask if you have ever developed for android because you'd BS about that too.
        Little Old Man
      • Re: Try developing for sometyhing like this

        I can manage it. I've got apps on GitHub and the Play Store that adapt gracefully to different Android versions.

        Want to hire me? I'm obviously smarter than an Apple developer. :)
  • "the same fragmentation risks" And these were...?

    after 1 billion activations. So android version-wise you've got 1/3 android 2 and 2/3 android 4. I think developers can live with that OS "fragmentation". I can't find any significant difference between android 4.0 and 4.3. My daughters 2.3 based cheapo phone gets the same latest updates I get on a nexus 4, including android device manger. No she wont get Bluetooth LE though.

    If you are talking about device 'fragmentation' (choice), then that is exactly what is responsible for android's popularity, as well as windows success for the last few decades.
    • Sorry Doc

      I was laying some yarn.

      It will be interesting to see what the iOS fragmentation picture looks like in six months though. Some devices won't be able to run 7 don't ya know. Oh the irony...
  • Wow! People finally getting "Jelly Bean", just in time before KitKat

    is rolled out.

    Fragmentation is he name of the game, and will remain so for the entire future of Android.

    But, who cares about fragmentation when the hardware is so cheap and disposable to the point that, all people have to do is just get another cheap phone with the latest Android in it.
  • The fragmentation problem is not so simple.

    My S4 and my brother's S3 having the same Jelly Bean Version.
    But an application (Puzzles and Dragons) was shown in the Play Store to be not compatible with my S4 but is compatible with my brother's S3.
    When apps have device specific checks, that is a big problem.