Android 2.3 Gingerbread has long held the position of number 1 Android version. It was after the release of Android 2.3 that Android got really popular with manufacturers and consumers alike. But finally, Android Jelly Bean, which includes both 4.1 and 4.2, has surpassed Gingerbread in the latest Platform Version numbers released by Google.
If one looks at the numbers more closely 37.9% of Android users that access Google Play are using Jelly Bean, 23% are on Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, a decrease from last month, 34.1 use Gingerbread 2.3 and 3.1% are still on Froyo 2.2.
Android 4.2 has seen a respectable 1.6% increase over the last month while the biggest gain was seen by Android 4.1 what added 3.3%. Android 4.0 slipped by 2.3 over the previous month.
While Gingerbread was first released in December 2010, Android 4.1 and Android 4.2 where released in June and November 2012. Going by the cycles of releases and also rumors the next version of Android could be seen in the next few months.
While Google used to report these numbers based on when a device checked into Google servers it has changed the algorithm from April 2013 to reflect the number of users that visit the Google Play Store as it feels it more accurately reflects users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.
A point to note here would be that these numbers would thus not include users who do not have a data connection on their phone and devices without the Play Store installed like the Kindle and most devices in China.
Looking at the current trend it looks like Jelly Bean could touch 50% by the end of the year but if a new version is released before that, things are likely to change again and developers are going to have to put up with developing for multiple versions of Android.