Jelly Bean Now On Over 60 Percent Of Android DevicesBy: Zach Walton - February 5, 2014
In January, it was revealed that Jelly Bean was on nearly 60 percent of all Android devices. The huge bump in Jelly Bean devices could be attributed to a healthy holiday period for Android. With the holidays over, one might assume that Jelly Bean’s growth would slow down. As you may have heard once or twice, it’s never good to assume.
For February, the Android distribution chart shows that Jelly Bean is now on 60.7 percent of all Android devices. Like usual, Android version 4.1 makes up the largest amount of Jelly Bean devices at 35.5 percent with versions 4.2 and 4.3 following at 16.3 percent and 8.9 percent respectively.
As you can see, KitKat hasn’t grown that much in the past month with Android 4.4 only adding .4 percent to its total. That’s to be expected though as there’s not many devices out yet with the latest version of Android and OEMs won’t be launching KitKat devices until later this year.
In the meantime, we can continue to chart the downfall of Gingerbread. The once mighty Android 2.3 is now only on 20 percent of all Android devices. Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t falling quite as rapidly as it only lost .8 percentage points in the last month. Both will continue to decline in use, however, as more affordable Jelly Bean and KitKat devices enter the market.
As for the future, we’ll probably continue to see Jelly Bean become the dominant player much like Gingerbread once was. KitKat will see some growth later this year as more devices are released, and everything else will either stagnate or decline. Google may even drop Google Play support for Froyo thus ending its time on the charts.