Jelly Bean Now Powers Over 52% Of All Android Devices [Report]

November Android Dist Numbers

Yesterday, Google published the latest distribution figures of the Android operating system which ran over a 7-day period. The numbers reveal a consistent growth in the amount of Android users running Jelly Bean, whilst older versions of the operating system continue on their path towards extinction.

This data was collected by recording which operating systems customers were running when they accessed the Google Play Store over a 7-day period ending on Friday, November 1, 2013. This consequently gives us an insight as to which version of Android is running on active devices all around the world. The team at Mountain View then break down this information and condense it into a pie chart for us comb through.

At first glance, it quickly becomes apparent that Cupcake, Donut and Eclair are missing from the chart. This does not mean that they are now defunct, in fact, they are absent because these versions of the Android operating system can no longer use the updated version of the Play Store, however, Google did mention that “versions older than Android 2.2 accounted for about 1% of the devices that checked in to Google servers.”

The above figures clearly show that Honeycomb is very close to the point of extinction, holding just 0.1% of the Android market for the sixth month running. However, Froyo appears to have taken a rather dramatic decline down to 1.7%, which is a 0.7% decrease from last months 2.4%.

Quite a few Android users are still running Gingerbread (Versions 2.3.3 – 2.3.7), holding 26.3% of the market from last months 30.7%, that’s a 4.3% decrease. In addition, the amount of users running Ice Cream Sandwich appears to have taken a turn for the worst, with market distribution dropping down to 19.8% – which is a 1.9% decrease from last months 21.7%.

This data irrefutably exhibits that Jelly Bean is the only version of the open-source operating system to face a dramatic increase over the course of the past month; as it now holds 52.1% of the entire market – which is a whopping 7% increase over last months 45.1%.

It is clear that Android 4.0+ continues to dominate the entire market share for the fifth month in a row, with 71.% of all active Android users running Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean.

If you’re wondering why there are no statistics for 4.4 KitKat (the latest version of the Android operating system). Android 4.4 only made its debut appearance 3 days ago when the Nexus 5 was announced, and did not make its way into the public’s hands until the handset shipped on Friday November 1.