The latest numbers on the distribution of Android version around the world is out, and it is not surprising that Jelly Bean, Android’s newest update, runs on 1 in every 4 devices. Just over a month ago, Jelly Bean accounted for 16.5% of the Android market showing that there has been a whopping 8.5% increase within a month. These numbers were posted on android.com collected over a 14 day period ending April 2nd.
According to the figures, Android 2.3 is still the most popular operating system accounting for 39.8% of the Android devices in use with Android 2.3.3 to 2.3.7 accounting for 39.7%. Ice Cream Sandwich still runs on 29.3% of the Android devices while 1.6 Donut is clinging on a string to live at 0.1%.
With Google being touted to release Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie sometime in the next couple of months, their latest Jelly Bean apparently has not caught up with Ice Cream Sandwich as 4.2 is installed on only 2% of the devices while 4.1 is installed on 23% of all Android devices. The rest of the Android market is shared as follows: 2.1 Éclair 1.7%; 2.2 Froyo 4.0%; and 3.2 Honeycomb 0.2%
Google made the announcement of the new numbers on Google+ and went ahead to point out that most probable reason for Jelly Bean’s big leap is the assessment in their system. Before these numbers, figures were calculated based on the devices that specifically connected directly to Google’s servers. This new method involves checking on devices when they connect to the Google Play Store.
“The new device dashboards are based on the devices of users who visit the Google Play Store (rather than devices that have checked-in to Google servers). As a result, the dashboards more accurately reflect the users most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem—and thus most likely to download and use your apps.” – Google
This new system of taking the figures are certainly more accurate and will help Android developers know which system versions are more popular or getting more popular to plan their development appropriately. The launch of Android 5.0 Key Lime will shake things up, but the popularity of Jelly Bean may not go as high as Gingerbread has.