Jul 08 AT 9:42 PM Dima Aryeh 8 Comments

Jelly Bean finally most used version of Android

PSE GS4 Android 4.3 Bean

Android fragmentation is a hot issue in the Android world, especially with the crowd who are less than fond of our little green robot. While we could write essays on the subject, in the end, fragmentation is not as serious an issue as it is made out to be for many reasons. However, a lot of people still hate being left behind on an old Android version, and all of us can relate. So on that front we have some great news.

According to the latest stats provided by the Android developer console, Jelly Bean 4.1 and 4.2 together are the most used Android version. This is a huge improvement over the now unseated long time holder of that title: Gingerbread. Yes, for an eternity Gingerbread was the most used Android version in existence. Finally, it’s now a modern and beautiful version of Android on top. With 4.1 at 32.3% and 4.2 at 5.6%, they total 37.9%, which based on our calculations is higher than Gingerbread’s 34.1%.

As huge fans of the platform, we couldn’t be happier. This is a big step for Android as a whole, and a big improvement for manufacturers. Those who used to be horrible at updating their devices, like Samsung, are now doing a solid job. And even HTC isn’t doing too bad, though we have some complaints.

Keep in mind that these stats don’t reflect every device running Android, but every device accessing the Play Store within the specified timeframe. This is a smaller subset of the Android world, but the most relevant one for developers. Regardless, it’s a really big improvement, wouldn’t you agree?

Source: Android Developers

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • redraider133

    Good to see it finally over take GB. Now lets keep it up!

  • Nate B.

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  • CTown

    Can this information be broken down by specific devices? It would be nice to know if a “stable” (where hardware is working and only a few people on that specific forum is complaining about battery life and lag) build of custom firmware was available to those people running Gingerbread. Just to see how much custom firmware could do if enough people knew about the whole modding scene.

  • donger

    Jelly bean!

  • Sameer

    This reduce the pain of developer, with different OS , different compatibility , its hell for us

  • mdcykkk9

    Google should make android a rolling release distro and manufacturers should only provide updated kernels and updates for their apps through google play…

  • Paul Atreides

    Thank all of those Galaxy devices which probably make up the majority. Carriers still need to dedicate more resources to maintaining updated software to their customers. Shouldn’t take more than three months to roll out the latest update after it’s announced. Leave some time for bug tracking.

  • pjamies

    and my Samsung Note is still on ICS … :(
    I feel I have been left in the past … But no longer!
    Next phone will be unlocked and Pure Android!
    Take that ..Samsung!!!
    Unless I get the S4 with Pure Android on it .. Hhmmm

  1. Good to see it finally over take GB. Now lets keep it up!

  2. For sale, Sprint Mint Condition Black HTC One – Clean ESN. Extras Included (Spigen Ultra Crystal Screen Protector, two cases, & cleaning cloth). Stock accessories are also included that come with it out of the box (headphones, manuals, USB cable, and wall charger). $495 http://swappa.com/listing/QSQ968/view

  3. Can this information be broken down by specific devices? It would be nice to know if a “stable” (where hardware is working and only a few people on that specific forum is complaining about battery life and lag) build of custom firmware was available to those people running Gingerbread. Just to see how much custom firmware could do if enough people knew about the whole modding scene.

  4. Jelly bean!

  5. This reduce the pain of developer, with different OS , different compatibility , its hell for us

  6. Google should make android a rolling release distro and manufacturers should only provide updated kernels and updates for their apps through google play…

  7. Paul AtreidesGuest 2 years ago

    Thank all of those Galaxy devices which probably make up the majority. Carriers still need to dedicate more resources to maintaining updated software to their customers. Shouldn’t take more than three months to roll out the latest update after it’s announced. Leave some time for bug tracking.

  8. and my Samsung Note is still on ICS … :(
    I feel I have been left in the past … But no longer!
    Next phone will be unlocked and Pure Android!
    Take that ..Samsung!!!
    Unless I get the S4 with Pure Android on it .. Hhmmm