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Gingerbread still most popular Android version, JellyBean gaining ground

Gingerbread is still the most popular version of Android worldwide, but it’s share is declining as 45 per cent of Android devices are running Android 4.0 or higher, according to the latest numbers from Google.

Google’s Current Distribution figures are based on the number of Android devices that have accessed the Google Play store within a 14-day period.  

The biggest version is Gingerbread, which is found on 44.2 per cent of devices, a drop from 45.6 per cent from February 2013.  Ice Cream Sandwich is the second most popular version featuring on 28.6 per cent of devices – surprisingly a slight decrease from 29 per cent. Jelly Bean 4.1 increased its share from 12.2 per cent to 14.9 per cent and JellyBean 4.2 saw a slight increase from 1.4 per cent to 1.6 per cent.  Overall this means the majority of devices are running Android 4.0 or later.

Android Platform Versions March 2013

Although numbers are declining there are still a significant number of devices running Froyo – 7.6 per cent and the number of devices running Google’s tablet UI, Honeycomb has also increased slightly.

We’re expecting Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie to be unveiled at Google I/O in May 2013. If Google follows last years pattern, we could see the first device a month later, which means the market could fragment even more.


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