Jelly Bean still most popular Android OS, shows report

13 Jan 2014

Despite the launch of Android’s latest OS, Kit Kat, last year, the developer’s recent report shows that the previous incarnation, Jelly Bean, is still the most popular by a considerable margin.

In the report, the Android team took usage figures going as far back as Android 2.2, otherwise known as Froyo, to give app developers an overall picture of the figures for Google’s Play Store.

By a considerable factor, Jelly Bean’s 3 versions make up the majority 59.1pc of the market share.

The next largest OS used is Gingerbread which was release on Android phones in 2010 making up 21.2pc of the market share, followed by 2011’s Ice Cream Sandwich with 16.9pc.

Interestingly, in a result which is sure to show a slower uptake of newer Android phones, Kit Kat makes up on 1.4pc of Android’s entire user-base. This puts it only marginally ahead of its oldest OS using the Google Play Store, Froyo, which was released back in 2010.

Many devices currently using Jelly Bean have yet to be confirmed whether they will be receiving the update to the newer Kit Kat software but a small number of devices included the Motorola Moto G have been the first to get the update.  

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic