Ice Cream Sandwich increases its share of Android devices to 20.9 percent, Jelly Bean at 1.2 percentAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Google has updated the official Android distribution numbers on its developer website, meaning it's time for us to get a fresh idea of just how many users are currently using each dessert-flavored version of the OS. Starting with the most recent, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was present on 1.2 percent of devices that accessed Google Play within a 14-day period ending on September 4. That's an increase from 0.8 percent last month, likely thanks at least in part to continued sales of the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich saw a jump as well, moving from 15.9 percent in August to 20.9 percent in September.
Moving on to pre-4.x releases, we've got Android 3.0 Honeycomb at 2.1 percent, which is a slight drop from August's 2.3 percent total. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still the leader of the pack, but its share of Android devices does continue to slip, dropping from 60.6 percent last month to finish at 57.5 percent in September. While that's obviously still overwhelmingly the majority here, it's good to see Gingerbread continue to decrease while ICS and Jelly Bean grow. Android 2.2 Froyo has also dropped, going from 15.5 percent in August to 14 percent even in September. Rounding out the list is Android 2.1 Eclair at 3.7 percent, Android 1.6 Donut at 0.4 percent and Android 1.5 Cupcake at 0.2 percent.
While Jelly Bean is still in its early days and is only seeing slight increases, which is due thanks to the fact that there are still so few devices that officially run it, it's good to see both it and ICS continue to grow and gain ground on Gingerbread. Expect the shares of those two versions to continue to jump in the coming months, as new devices are introduced with JB or ICS preloaded and current devices are updated to one of the two versions (preferably Android 4.1, of course). For even more statistics and graphs related to Google's green robot, hit up the link below.