New Android distribution figures released, Jelly Bean grows to 6.7 percentAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
It's the start of a new month, and Android fans everywhere know that that means that it's time to take a peek at the latest Android distribution numbers. Google today updated its distribution stats on the Android Developers site, and unsurprisingly, the standings haven't changed from last month. The good news is that the latest version of Android, known as Jelly Bean has more than doubled from last month. Google's latest numbers show Jelly Bean (both Android 4.1 and 4.2) sitting with a 6.7 percent share, up from 2.7 percent at the start of November. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich also saw some growth, moving from 25.8 percent in November to 27.5 percent in December.
Moving on to pre-4.0 versions, we've got Android 3.0 Honeycomb finishing the two-week measurement period with a 1.6 percent share. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still reigning supreme with a 50.6 percent share of all Android devices that accessed Google Play in the two weeks leading up to today, but that figure is a drop from the 54.2 percent share that we saw last month. Rounding out the bunch is Android 2.2 Froyo at 10.3 percent, Android 2.1 Eclair with 2.7 percent, Android 1.6 Donut with 0.3 percent and Android 1.5 Cupcake at 0.1 percent.
To get these figures, Google tracks the Android devices that access Google Play during a two-week period and then lays out the Android versions being used in a green pie chart. While it's still one of the smallest pieces of the pie, it's good to see Jelly Bean growing quite a bit, which is owed to things like the T-Mobile Galaxy S III's update to 4.1, the arrival of the Galaxy Note II on more carriers and the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. Two things that'll be interesting to see in next month's stats are how Jelly Bean continues to grow (thanks to various updates and the continued availability of the new Nexus devices) and if Gingerbread will finally drop below the 50 percent mark. So, folks, which slice of that pie up there do you belong to now?