Android Distribution Data Updated: Jelly Bean’s Gain Is Gingerbread’s Loss


Every month, Google updates the Android’s platform distribution data to reflect the most popular version of Android that has accessed Play Store over a period of 7 days. The numbers for the 1st week of January are in and they don’t really show any surprise. 

All the three versions of Jelly Bean reported a growth on the expense of Gingerbread, with their share jumping from 54.5% from last month to 59.1% this month. Android 2.3 Gingerbread, on the other hand, continued its decline and lost nearly 3% market share compared to last time. It still, however, runs on 21.2% of Android devices out there, a staggering percentage for a 3 year old OS.  

The latest version of Android — KitKat —  also reported a minor jump from 1.1% to 1.4%. All the other older version of Android lost market share including Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and Froyo.

With most OEMs updating their devices to Android 4.3 or Android 4.4 KitKat, the popularity of these two versions of Android will continue to grow.

Google also provides other useful data including screen sizes, densities and OpenGL versions of Android devices on their website, which might be of interest to developers.