Android Jelly Bean now on 13.6 percent of devices
Android Jelly Bean — versions 4.1 and 4.2 — is now running on 13.6 percent of devices within Google’s Android kingdom
Android Jelly Bean is present on 13.6 percent of devices, according to the latest stats from Google. Gingerbread, however, is still the dominant version with 45.6 percent.
Ice Cream Sandwich, released October 19, 2011, takes second place behind 29 percent. Froyo and Éclair account for just over 10 percent of the space collectively.
The rise of Android Jelly Bean in recent months can be linked to major handset launches during Q3 of 2012. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 combined with HTC’s One X+ all propelled Jelly Bean uptake during the latter part of 2012.
Incoming updates for older devices like the Galaxy S2 and HTC One X will ensure that Jelly Bean’s share of the market continues to rise steadily during the coming the months.
The latest build of Jelly Bean (version 4.2), currently present on Google’s Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus, still accounts for less than 2 percent.
Version 4.2 of Jelly Bean brings with it a myriad of new features including advanced photo editing, gesture-based typing, and improvements to Google Now.
In the coming months expect to see growth across Google's Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Android Jelly Bean (all versions) platforms. The latter will be driven by budget handsets like the recently leaked HTC G2 and the former by premium devices like the Galaxy S4 and HTC M7.
If history tells us anything, Google will unveil Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at its annual Google I/O 2013 developer conference in May alongside a new Nexus device and, potentially, the Motorola X.