Android ICS, Jelly Bean Take Aim at Gingerbread

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Android users can’t seem to quit Gingerbread, though Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean combined now top the aging Android OS.

According to February Android developer statistics, Gingerbread is still found on 44.1 percent of Android-based devices; the more recent Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean together barely edge out the competition, with a combined 45.1 percent.

A growing number of users have adopted Jelly Bean, the most recent version of the platform, reaching a total 16.5 percent of devices — more than last month’s 13.6 percent, and even higher than January’s 10.2 percent. A majority of those are still running 4.1, while almost 1.6 percent have upgraded to 4.2.

The future launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S IV will inevitably boost the popularity of Android 4.2, which Google has already pushed out to its Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, as well as the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones.

Meanwhile, almost 29 percent of Android-based devices are running Ice Cream Sandwich, which has held steady over months, never quite breaching the 30 percent line. Barely 1 percent of users are running the tablet-centric Android 3.1 Honeycomb, which landed just above an Android original, Donut, at 0.2 percent.

Another 1.9 percent are powered by Éclair, while 7.5 percent use Froyo.

No matter the distribution of the platform, Google’s Android remains the most popular mobile OS, with 52.3 percent of the U.S. market. Samsung has been a top seller for the operating system, gaining 1.9 percent to land in the market at 21.4 percent during the three-month period that ended in January, according to comScore. Apple nabbed almost 38 percent of the market during the same period.

App developers are also setting their sights on the popular system, shifting gears to focus on building for Android, according to ABI Research, which suggested an “Android first” developer approach this year.

For more, see PCMag’s review of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and the slideshow above.

Google Android Platform March 2013

By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag


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