THE LATEST VERSION of Google's Android mobile operating system (OS), Android 4.x Jelly Bean has almost doubled its share across devices, with over 10 percent of smartphones and tablets running Android now being up to date.
Released via the Android Developer blog on Friday, the data was collected from all devices that have accessed Google Play during a 14 day period ending 3 January. It revealed that, combined, Android versions 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean now make up 10.2 percent of devices running the OS, up by 3.5 percent from 1 July 2012 when it was 6.7 percent.
The second most recent version of the OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) accounts for 29.1 percent of devices, according to the data, which is up 1.7 percent since 1 July 2012.
The oldest flavour, Android 1.5 Cupcake disappeared off the radar completely, with less than 0.1 percent of total Android devices running that version. Android 1.6 Donut, 2.1 Éclair and 2.2 Froyo all also decreased in device share, from 0.3 to 0.2 percent, 2.7 to 2.4 percent and 10.3 to 9.0 percent, respectively.
The statistics also reveal that the majority of Android smartphone and tablet owners are still using older versions, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread accounting for 47.6 percent of the versions in use by Android users. However, this is decreasing, down by 3.2 percent since 1 July last year.
Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at its I/O Conference in San Francisco in June last year, bringing new features to Android such as a smarter resizing of on-screen icons with automatic repositioning and a new buffering system named "Project Butter" that boosts performance.
That was just days before the previous version, Android 4.0 ICS reached 10 percent device share, which had taken nine months, meaning that Andoid Jelly Bean has hit the same penetration level much faster.
The news also means that over 40 percent of all Android devices are running Android 4.0 ICS or higher, which is good news for Android developers at least, who still have to code apps for several versions of the operating system. µ
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