Every two weeks, Google posts a chart on their Android Developer pages that shows what kind of devices have been accessing the Google Play Store. They’ve been doing this for a while now, and many analysts, such as Sameer Singh, have used the data to build charts showing adoption rates for various versions of Google’s mobile platform. This latest information shows something quite surprising. Android 4.1 and 4.2, both of which are known as Jelly Bean, is apparently installed on 9.0% and 1.2% of devices respectively. In other words, 1 out of every 10 Android devices that access Google’s services are running the latest version of the operating system. Considering that Jelly Bean landed just six months ago, this is quite an achievement.
Another significant milestone is the fact that Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is soon going to turn 25 months old, is now on less than 50% of Android devices. We can’t tell you how long we’ve been waiting to see this happen. Yes, Gingerbread is still on a majority of Android phones, but the numbers are finally starting to shrink at a meaningful rate.
We know we’ve been sounding like a broken for a while now, but the message bears repeating: Google needs to start taking more control of Android and figure out how to push updates without operators interfering. That might anger some of you open source hippies who think everything should be free and unicorn-like, but you’ve got to understand that Google is a corporation who cares about one thing and one thing only: profit.
While we’re on the subject of Android, when are we going to see the next version of that platform? Google I/O is taking place in May this year, but our gut says we’re going to have to wait until the end of the summer to get all the details about Key Lime Pie.