SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google's Android 4.x Jelly Bean mobile operating system is now on over 40 percent of Android devices after overtaking Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the first time last month.
Google's latest Android developer statistics, which it releases based on visits to the Google Play store over a two-week period, show that not only is Android 4.x Jelly Bean now the most popular, it's now on 40.5 percent of Android devices.
However, the majority of these devices are running the first iteration of Jelly Bean, Android 4.1.x, with just 6.5 percent of Android phones and tablets running Android 4.2.x. There's no word yet as to how many devices are running Google's latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, and we're guessing that's because it hasn't been rolled out to many devices so far.
Google's latest figures also show that Android 2.3.x Gingerbread's share is finally starting to slow. Android 2.3.x Gingerbread is now on 33.1 percent of devices, down from 34.1 percent in July and 36.5 percent in June. The popularity of Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich is also starting to dwindle, down from 23.3 percent at the beginning of July to 22.5 percent in the two-week period running up until 1 August.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb is just as unpopular as it was last month with a 0.1 percent share, while Android 2.2.x Froyo, Android 2.x Eclair and Android 1.6 Donut are little more than memories with 2.5 percent, 1.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.
Google's statistics might highlight the present state of Android fragmentation, but that hasn't stopped the Android mobile operating system from nearly taking over the smartphone market. Strategy Analytics revealed today that Android has an overwhelming 80 percent share of the global smartphone market, compared to Apple's and Microsoft's 13.6 percent and 3.9 percent market shares, respectively. µ
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