Jelly Bean Now Running On 50% of Android Devices

Google just last Thursday announced the arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat. As folks eagerly await the arrival of the newest version of Android (Nexus 5 shipments haven't yet arrived, and other devices won't get Android 4.4 for a few more weeks), Jelly Bean permeation continues at a steady pace.

Google's latest Android usage figures for the seven days ending November 1, 2013 report that Android Jelly Bean is running on a total of 52.1 percent of Android devices. Of course, these aren't all the same versions of Jelly Bean, and Android 4.1 remains the leader with 37.3 percent. Android 4.2 and 4.3 account for 12.5 percent and 2.3 percent of the market, respectively.

Google's latest version of Android, Android 4.4 KitKat, has yet to make it onto the board. This is no surprise, given these numbers were released just one day after KitKat was announced, and the Nexus 5 (the first KitKat device) has yet to ship.

Next to Jelly Bean, Gingerbread is in second place in terms of which Android version accounts for the most users. Google's numbers put Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3 - 2.3.7) at 26.3 percent. Ice Cream Sandwich (build 4.0.3 to 4.0.4) is in third with 19.8 percent.

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  • I hate spammers.

    And still, 50% is good but its still fragmented. The majority of devices now on JB probably wont see KitKat.
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  • This is very good progress. KitKat is actually more optimized for lower end hardware so there should be less of a reason to hold off on upgrading older models.

    The fact is that OS version fragmentation is starting to be less meaningful as Google is transferring a lot of core features over to Play Services, the Google Experience launcher, and other stand alone apps. I already have most of the Kit Kat features shown on the Nexus 5 on my GS3 thanks to this. Brilliant work around to overcoming carrier related "testing" and slow manufacturers.
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  • And I'm still on my Galaxy S 4g, which is running Android 2.2 (badly). I can't wait for my nexus 5 - it shipped this morning and should hopefully be here within the week!
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