Android Jelly Bean gains, Gingerbread seeing a slow fade

Android 4.1 and 4.2 now run on 10 percent of the Android devices out there while Gingerbread fades -- a bit.

The popular Nexus 7 tablet runs Jelly Bean.
The popular Nexus 7 tablet runs Jelly Bean. Google

The latest version of Android is now sitting on about 10 percent of all Android devices, while Gingerbread dropped below 50 percent, according to the latest numbers from Google.

Jelly Bean -- that is, Android 4.1 and 4.2 -- is up in the two weeks ending January 3, though it's Android 4.1 that's made most of the gains (see chart below).

That's a sizable jump from the first two weeks of December when Jelly Bean, released in July, was on 6.7 percent of all active devices.

Driving the uptick are devices including the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, and Google's Nexus brand such as the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.

Gingerbread, released back in 2010, isn't going away anytime soon, though. Its numbers have finally dipped below 50 percent to 47.6, but that operating system continues to ship on less-expensive phones.

Data collected during a 14-day period ending on January 3.
Data collected during a 14-day period ending on January 3. Google

[Via 9to5Google ]

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.


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