App Makers, Here’s Another Reason You Want to Develop For Jelly Bean

This has been the case for some time. If you aren’t convinced yet, here’s another statistic. A month after Jelly Bean became the most used version of Android, it has finally breached the 40% market and is now at 40.5% of all devices that access the Play Store.

But these numbers released by Google, includes both Android 4.1 and 4.2. When one looks at the numbers closer Android 4.2 is on just 6.5% of devices while Android 4.1 is on more than a third of all devices with 34%.

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Last month, there were 5.6% of devices on Android 4.2, so this fortnight has only seen a small bump in the latest version of Android. The number of devices running Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 has slipped further from 23.3% to 22.5% during July.

Google releases the numbers once a month based on devices that visit the Google Play store at least once each month.

If one looks at older builds, Gingerbread 2.3 is on still almost one-third of devices with 33.1%, while Froyo is at 2.5 percent and Eclair’s share fell from 1.4% to 1.2 percent. Donut 1.6 and Honeycomb have an estimated 0.1% of all devices.

While the numbers do show an increase in the uptake of Jelly Bean devices, Google introduced a new version of Android 4.3 just last week so these numbers are all set to get more fragmented. The latest version also named Jelly Bean is currently available only for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, original Nexus 7, new Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. The roll out is happening in phases and some Nexus owners have reported still not receiving the over the air update.

There is still no word on when other manufactures plan to release 4.3 to their existing devices or release new devices with it on board. Looking at the past history of Android, it could be months before 4.3 starts to see any significant numbers. Android 4.2, which was released in November 2012, still has only 6.5% market share.

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.

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