Nearly 50% of the Android devices out there are now running on Jelly Bean, the latest data compiled by Google indicates.
According to the data—which records unique user visits to Google’s server during a seven day period—the total percentage share of Android 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 is roughly 48.6%, which is up 3.5% from the statistics recorded a month ago. Gingerbread is revealed to be second on the list at 28.5%, while Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean’s predecessor, is third with 20.6%. Neither Froyo nor Honeycomb appear to have as much influence within the Android mobile space as they used to, as can be seen in their respective 2.2% and 0.1% shares.
An interesting thing worth noting about Google’s distribution report, as has been pointed out by sources such as ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski, is that it apparently only collects data from devices with the most recent Google Play installed. This ends up leaving out not only a good portion of China’s Android-based mobile devices (many of which tend to use their own third party apps rather than native Google apps), but also the mainstream smartphones and tablets that run on forked versions of Android (Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet is an example).
Another important aspect of the distribution table worth discussing is the issue concerning Android’s fragmentation. At first glance, the 50% Jelly Bean adoption rate may seem like an indication that the internet giant is finally taking measures to make its operating system less fragmented. Though such optimism is certainly warranted, it should be noted, too, that the three Android platforms following Ice Cream Sandwich –Android 4.1 (36.5%), 4.2 (10.6%), and 4.3 (1.5%)— are all branded under the “Jelly Bean” label. Looking at these three updates separately, the fragmentation issue associated with Google’s operating system is arguably still pretty noticeable.