The latest Android platforms numbers from Google are out. Google has updated the Android Developer Dashboard to show the percentage of devices running a particular version as of September 4.
Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and 4.2 continues its upward march, now accounting for 45.1 of devices that have accessed the Google Play Store in the last week. Jelly Bean had a 40.5% share last month. What is surprising that the table does not include Android 4.3, which Google released for Nexus devices over a month ago. A note below says that versions with less than 0.1% distribution are not shown. This could mean that the latest version of Android is still running on just a few devices.
Most devices, even low cost ones, are being released with some version of Jelly Bean which is a good sign for Android. Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 is down to 21.7% from 22.5% last month. Honeycomb and Froyo have just 0.1% and 2.4% respectively.
Gingerbread 2.3 still remains very popular with 3 in 10 devices having the Android version installed on it. Jelly Bean passed Gingerbread as the most popular Android version only two months back, even though the latter is over 2.5 years old.
Google has also left out any mention of Donut (1.6) and Éclair (2.0 & 2.1) which don’t have access to the latest version of the Google Play app, which was launched last month. It however says that less than 1% of devices with Android version below 2.2 check in to the Google servers.
Google announced just two days backs that there are now over 1 billion Android device activations to date and that the next version of Android would be called Android 4.4 KitKat.
The numbers Google releases each month are for devices accessing the Play Store and does not include devices which don’t have the Play Store like some Chinese devices and Kindle devices and also those that never open the Play Store app.
While these numbers are not absolute, it does give developers a rough idea of what version of Android they should be developing for.