New stats show Jelly Bean is third most popular Android OS

4 Jan 2013

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Android’s latest flavour, Jelly Bean, is starting to gain real ground among users, with the latest stats from Android Developers ranking it as the third most popular of its operating system versions.

Together, Jelly Bean 4.1 and its most recent iteration, 4.2, have surpassed 10pc adoption in the Android community, with 4.2 accounting for 1.2pc. Ice Cream Sandwich is the second most popular Android OS at 29.1pc, while two-year-old Gingerbread remains in pole position at 47.6pc.

Though the 2010 OS is still holding strong, it has finally dropped below the 50pc mark and overall there is a shift towards newer versions. Last month’s stats had users still on Cupcake (Android 1.5), but the latest figures have seen this version drop off to a negligible amount. In fact, all versions from Honeycomb back have seen decreasing usage.

Ice Cream Sandwich usage has risen 1.6pc, but Jelly Bean has seen significant growth in the past month, rising from 6.7pc to 10.2pc (an increase of 3.5pc).

Android versions (Source: Android Developers)

Source: Android Developers (Data collected during a 14-day period ending on 3 January 2013)

Android versions (Source: Android Developers)

Source: Android Developers (Number of Android devices that accessed Google Play within a 14-day period ending on the date indicated on the X axis)

Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com

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