Jelly Bean overtakes Gingerbread as most used Android version

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It’s been a long time coming but Android Jelly Bean has finally overtaken the venerable Gingerbread with regards to install base. It is good news for Google as their mobile operating system has been the subject of heavy criticism over fragmentation.

During the 14-day period ending on July 8, Jelly Bean accounted for 37.9 percent of all Android installations while Gingerbread fell to 34.1 percent. Jelly Bean growth represents an increase of 4.9 percent compared to last month but of course, it comes at the expense of other versions.

Broken down further, we see that Android 4.1.x is installed on 32.3 percent of devices while the latest flavor has only reached 5.6 percent of devices thus far. Ice Cream Sandwich still holds the third spot with 23.3 percent of the pie. After that, it’s all trivial as Froyo, Éclair, Honeycomb and Donut combined account for less than five percent of all Android installs.

Of course, this whole cycle will reset soon enough when Google launches Key Lime Pie but until then, Jelly Bean will continue to reign supreme.

Data collected represents all devices that visited the Google Play store over the past 14 days which is how Google has collected this type of data since April. Before then, the search giant gathered information based on devices simply checking in to Google servers. It’s a method that Google feels more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.

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