Jelly Bean sprouts up on almost half of all Android devices

As KitKat looms, the latest available flavor of Android has spilled onto 48.6 percent of all Android phones and tablets.

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Jelly Bean is now on close to half of all the Android devices tracked on Google Play, according to Google's Android developer dashboard.

Stats gathered during the seven days ended October 2 revealed Jelly Bean with a 48.6 percent slice of the market. Specifically, version 4.1.x accounted for 36.5 of all devices, leaving version 4.2.x with 10.6 percent and version 4.3 with 1.5 percent.

The latest data showed an ongoing gain for Jelly Bean, which was found on 45 percent of all Android devices in August . Assuming the trend continues as expected, Jelly Bean should easily surpass the 50 percent mark by the time Google's next report surfaces.

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At the same time, older versions of Android continue to fall by the wayside.

Ice Cream Sandwich's hold dripped down to 20.6 percent from 21.7 percent in August. And Gingerbread, which was the dominant Android version until this past July , dropped to 28.5 percent from 30.7 percent in August.

Google recently announced the coming of Android 4.4, aka Kit Kat , though it has yet to reveal a specific launch date.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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