Fresh Android distribution numbers show Gingerbread dropping below 50 percentAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Sure, it's exciting that we've entered a new year and all, but that also means that we're now into a new month, which means that it's time for some fresh Android OS distribution numbers. Google today updated the Android distribution pie chart on its Android Developers website, revealing how widespread each version of its mobile OS in the two-week period ending on Jan. 3. First up is Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean, which was present on 10.2 percent of all devices in the 14-day measurement period. That's up from 6.7 percent last month. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich also grew, moving from 27.5 percent in December to 29.1 percent in January.
Moving on to pre-4.0 versions, Android 3.1 and 3.2 Honeycomb finished the period with a slight drop to 1.5 percent. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still the king of the Android hill, but this is the first time in a while that we've seen with a share that's below 50 percent. Gingerbread was present on 47.6 percent of devices that accessed Google Play during the measurement period, a drop from 50.8 percent last month. Rounding out the group is Android 2.2 Froyo at 9.0 percent, Android 2.1 Eclair at 2.4 percent and Android 1.6 Donut at 0.2. We'll have to blow out the candle on Android 1.5 Cupcake, as it's no longer listed on this distribution chart after sitting at 0.1 percent in December.
While Jelly Bean's share of this green Android pie is still small compared to Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread, Google's latest treat did manage to grow quite a bit since last month. That's likely thanks in part to Jelly Bean updates for devices like the DROID RAZR HD/RAZR MAXX HD and the AT&T, Verizon and U.S. Cellular flavors of the Galaxy S III. It's also good to see Gingerbread's share continuing to drop, which is a trend that should keep up as customers continue to upgrade to post-4.0 devices. Now it's time for our monthly check with you guys: which version of Android are you all running?