Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the latest version of Android currently running only on Nexus devices. But its predecessor, also known as Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) is the one everybody is talking about. While it might take a while for manufacturers to roll out Android 4.2 to their smartphones, Android 4.1.2 is currently being given top priority. And we’ve already seen OEMs like HTC and Samsung rolling out customized versions of Android 4.1. So how much of a difference has this made on the Android world?
As you know, Google publishes the Android OS version distribution chart every once in a while. And according to the numbers from the last 14 days, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has seen substantial growth in the Android eco system. According to Google’s data, Android 4.1 running devices now make up for 5.9% of the entire Android eco system, up from 2.7%. Interestingly, Android 4.2 already has 0.8% marketshare in the Android sphere, which is good news as it has been available for only a few weeks now and only on a handful of Nexus devices.
Sadly for Google though, Gingerbread still makes up for about 50.8% of all the Android devices. The good news however is that the Android 2.3 marketshare has gone down by 3.4% as compared to the last time the distribution chart was published. Google gets the data by calculating the number of devices running on various Android versions that accessed the Google Play Store over a 14 day period (ending December 3rd). This roughly gives us an idea as to how well a particular version of Android is growing. Gingerbread is still the top dog while Ice Cream Sandwich is second with 27.5% of the Android pie. Google would like to see Android 4.0+ grab some of that marketshare from Gingerbread and decrease fragmentation, which has been on Google’s back for quite a while now. Android 4.2 is currently available on the Nexus 4, the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. All focus will be on Android 4.1, with smartphones like the Galaxy Note II and the HTC One X+ hitting the markets with the said version of Android onboard. Increased number of Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users will be very beneficial for Android 4.2. Unfortunately for Google, its flagship Android 4.2 smartphone, the Nexus 4 still remains out of stock in most parts of the world (Google Play). Let’s wait and watch how Android will evolve and grow in the coming months.