Google’s latest Android version statistics, which detail the relative number of devices running the different versions of Android, show that Jelly Bean usage is still on the rise while Gingerbread continues its very slow march towards oblivion.
Android 4.x (4.0, 4.1 and 4.2) currently runs on 63 percent of Android devices while Jelly Bean itself (Android 4.1 and Android 4.2) is running on 40.5 percent of devices. Android 4.1 is now the predominant version of Android in use at the present. It is currently used on 34 percent of devices while Android 2.3.3+ Gingerbread runs on 33 percent of devices in use today.
This is the first time that Android 4.1 has become the predominant Android version and the first time that Gingerbread hasn’t been in the number one spot since it became the most active version in use. This officially marks the end of Gingerbread’s reign, however it will remain significant for at least the next 9 to 12 months.
At the start of 2013 Gingerbread was running on just under half of Android devices that connected to Google’s servers. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was found on about ten percent of devices. As the months passed Android 4.1 slowly clawed away at Gingerbread’s position and now at the end of July it has finally surpassed Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 as the leading active version.
As for the other versions, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean currently runs on 6.5 percent of devices. Since these figures are collated from devices that visited the Google Play Store during the last two weeks of July, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean doesn’t yet appear in the statistics. Android 4.0 still has a significant presence with it running on 22.5 percent of devices. Android 1.6 Donut and Android 3.2 Honeycomb are all but dead and barely register in the stats. However Android 2.1 Eclair and Android 2.2 Froyo still make an appearance with 1.2 percent and 2.5 percent.
Google’s statistics from earlier in July showed that Jelly Bean (meaning 4.1 and 4.2) had taken the lead from Gingerbread which had stubbornly stayed active even though it had been superseded several times. Now Android 4.1 can claim that honor without the help of 4.2. Gingerbread served us well, but it is really time for it to move over.