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Gingerbread still on top, but Android ICS and Jelly Bean quicky taking over

Google have published the latest figures on the distribution of the various active iterations of their Android OS out in the world right now and although Gingerbread still holds the lion’s share, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean have eaten up even more of its share since Google’s last report in October.

As the graph below indicates, Android 1.5 Cupcake is still listed as an active iteration of the OS, despite the fact it pales in comparison to the functionality of devices running newer versions nowadays and was in fact the first commercially available release of the OS, launching on the HTC Dream; the first Android smartphone.

Android market distribution across devices

Gingerbread is still clinging onto more than half (50.8%) of the share across all Android devices whilst back in October, it held a firmer grip on the majority with 55% of devices employing versions 2.3 to 2.3.7. Subsequently the introduction of Android Jelly Bean, has likely been one of the key reasons why Gingerbread’s presence is waning.

Since April and Jelly Bean’s arrival which followed, Ice Cream Sandwich has overtaken Froyo moving to take over a quarter of the devices on offer with 27.5%, whilst Froyo usage falls to around 10.3%. Meanwhile with only a small handful of devices making use of Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean including the Nexus 7 by Asus, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, LG Nexus 4, Samsung Nexus 10 and HTC One X+, its market share still only sits at a measly 6.7%, however this number will no doubt have dramatically increased, surpassing the number of devices running Froyo by Q1 2013, once this new wave of Jelly Bean devices has had time to permeate the market.


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