SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google revealed on Wednesday that the latest iteration of its Android mobile operating system, Jelly Bean, is now on more devices than Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
It's about time too, as back in April Google had to admit that ICS was in the lead with 29.3 percent, compared to Jelly Bean's 25 percent share. However, Google's latest statistics, which now only take into account devices that access the Google Play store, show that Jelly Bean has finally sped past Ice Cream Sandwich.
According to Google, Jelly Bean - which includes versions 4.1.x and 4.2.x - now sits pretty on 28.4 percent of Android devices, while Ice Cream Sandwich occupies 27.5 percent. This number is likely to keep growing, with the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 now available in the smartphone market.
While this sounds like good news for Google, it's worth noting that the firm's latest two Android releases have fallen under the Jelly Bean branding. It's rumoured that Google will launch Android 4.3 Jelly Bean at its I/O conference later this month too, as it seemingly tries to hide the extent of Android fragmentation.
There's another reason why Google shouldn't be feeling too chuffed,as the latest statistics reveal that the firm's ageing Android 2.3.x Gingerbread operating system still sits on 38.5 percent of the market, way ahead of its newer releases.
The numbers also reveal that Froyo is still on 3.7 percent of active devices, while Eclair and Donut have 1.7 percent and 0.1 percent shares, respectively. µ
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