Jelly Bean now powers more than half of Android devices

According to the latest distribution data of different versions of Android, Jelly Bean mobile operating system now runs on more than 50 percent of active Android devices.

Google’s OS dashboard shows that Android 4.3, the most recent version of Jelly Bean, is now on 2.3 percent devices, compared to the 1.5 percent share it registered last month. Android 4.2.x runs on 12.5 percent devices (its share was 10.6 percent last month), while Android 4.1.x is now present on 37.3 percent devices (vis a vis 36.5 percent previously).

Android 4.0.x or Ice Cream Sandwich registered a share of 19.8 percent this month, a dip of 0.8 points.

Android 2.2 Froyo’s device distribution share stood at 1.7 percent, a decline of 0.5 points while Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) registered a share of 26.3 percent, compared to 28.5 percent last month. Though we see a decline in Gingerbread’s share this month, it still has the second-largest share, followed by Ice Cream Sandwich at 19.8 percent.

These stats are based on the data collected during a seven-day period ending on 1 November. It takes into account all Android devices connecting to the Google Play Store, thus reflecting active users in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.

With the recent launch of the much-talked about Android 4.4 KitKat, Jelly Bean’s reign appears to be short-lived though. Google would now obviously focus on supporting more and more devices with the new KitKat which can run on devices with just 512MB of RAM.

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