is finally the most popular version of Android, according to Google's official usage stats.
Ending a years-long battle to make the most recent edition of tablets running the robot-powered OS are using 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean.the one that's the most popular, Google's data now shows 37.9 per cent of phones and
Perennial favourite Android 2.3 Gingerbread -- which was released in early 2011 -- still holds a whopping 34.1 per cent of the Android pie, considerably more than , which lays claim to just 23.3 per cent.
The regularly released statistics help app developers see which versions of Android they should prioritise, by measuring how many devices are accessing the Google Play store -- it doesn't count Android devices that can't download apps from the Big G's official emporium. The stats have.
While Android has leapt forward in terms of features and fresh updates, actual phones take much longer to receive those changes, thanks to phone manufacturers and networks tweaking updates to work with their current software.
Google held back on releasing a new version of Android at its I/O conference earlier this year, which may have been a smart move, as it's given Jelly Bean time to catch up.
One analyst speaking to CNET UK. Another factor could be Google changing its measuring tactics -- it previously used to count those devices checking in with Google's servers, rather than the store, which means more low-cost devices in developing countries would have been counted.
Apple recently stuck a pie chart on its own developer site, boasting that 94 per cent of its shiny gadgets are running, which is currently the latest version. That's because new versions of iOS are pushed to all devices simultaneously, with no other companies interfering.
Google is expected to debutlater this year, while Apple will release its heavily revamped .
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