Android stats have been published on the Android Developers website, showing once again that Jelly Bean is on the rise.
The Android fragmentation that our favorite platform’s enemies like to bring up so much is getting closer to its end, as the current round of Android stats show increasing number for Jelly Bean, compared to last month.
The stats, which are based on numbers of devices visiting the Google Play Store, show that the share of Android users running Jelly Bean on their devices is growing rapidly. As you can see in the chart below, the percentage of Jelly Bean users has grown to 33 percent, an increase of about 4.5 percent compared to last month’s 28.4 percent.
Jelly Bean still hasn’t managed to beat Gingerbread as the most used Android OS, but it’s getting there pretty quickly – as you can see in the chart, Gingerbread is currently at 37 percent, down from 38.5 percent last month.
Ice Cream Sandwich is also down to 25.6 percent from 27.5 percent in the last edition of the Android stats, while Froyo has registered a smaller drop, from 3.7 percent to 3.2.
What does this tell us?
This is the result of a number of factors, the most obvious one being the huge success of flagship Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, which are running Jelly Bean. But that’s not all – manufacturers have started using Jelly Bean on cheaper devices, too, offering you, the user, the experience of the most advanced Android OS out there. Just think of affordable devices, like the Sony Xperia L, coming with Jelly Bean out of the box. Those show up in the numbers just as much as more expensive devices do.
More than that, news articles about older devices getting Jelly Bean updates are no longer something out of the ordinary, meaning that more and more users get to enjoy the latest versions of Android.
We’re all still waiting for Android 4.3, which was recently spotted running on a Nexus 4 at Thailand Mobile Expo.