By Alexandra Burlacu | May 02, 2013 09:52 AM EDT
Google's newly-published Android stats show that Jelly Bean has a growing share of the Android pie, to the detriment of previous versions, of course.
Google's data shows that Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean has a 2.3 percent share and, combined with Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean's 28.4 percent share, it accounts for a 28.4 percent share of the Android pie. In other words, the two Jelly Bean versions combined have just enough to move past Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) in the charts, which has a slightly smaller share of 27.5 percent.
The figures are based on "data collected during a 14-day period ending on May 1, 2013," and make use of Google's new algorithm to keep track of Android devices. The new algorithm focuses on Google Play Store visits instead of data from Google's servers.
"Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store," explains the post on the Android Developers blog. "Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem."
While Jelly Bean soared past Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 2.3 Gingerbread still remains the most-used Android OS out there. Gingerbread accounts for 38.5 percent of the Android ecosystem. Older Android versions such as Donut, Éclair, Froyo and Honeycomb, meanwhile, make up less than 6 percent combined.
Compared to the previous reported period, Android Jelly Bean climbed 3.4 percent, while Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread saw 1.8 percent and 1.3 percent drops in market share, respectively.
On the other hand, the new figures are not all that surprising. Increasingly more OEMs are launching Jelly Bean-powered devices, while older handsets are also getting updates to Android Jelly Bean, whether it's version 4.1 or 4.2.
Meanwhile, recent server log data showed an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version, suggesting that Google may give Jelly Bean another run rather than introducing the rumored Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at its I/O conference later this month. With another Android Jelly Bean version, OEMs would have more time to upgrade existing devices to Jelly Bean before leaping to a next major OS iteration such as Android 5.0.
© 2013 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.