Latest Android distribution numbers show Jelly Bean growing, Gingerbread shrinking

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: May 1, 2013

May Android platform distribution numbers

Many folks hear "May 1" and think of May Day, but Google has also decided to make today "May Android Distribution Numbers Day." The company just released the latest stats showing how the different versions of Android were represented among all of the devices that accessed the Google Play Store during the two weeks leading up to May 1. 

Google says that its latest dessert, known as Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean, is now present on 28.4 percent of hardware. That's a jump of 3.4 percent compared to last month's stats. Moving on down the dessert line, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was present on 27.5 percent of devices that accessed the Play Store in the latter half of April. Meanwhile, Android 3.2 Honeycomb dropped 0.1 percent from last month to finish with a share of 0.1 percent.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread continues is reign as the most widely-used version of Google's OS, appearing on 38.5 percent of all devices that accessed the Google Play Store during the two-week observation period. Android 2.2 Froyo managed to drop from 4.0 percent last month to 3.7 percent this month. Rounding out the list is Android 2.1 Eclair and Android 1.6 Donut holding steady at 1.7 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.

These latest stats continue the trend that we've been seeing it recent months, with Gingerbread's share dropping as people upgrade to new hardware and Jelly Bean's rising as manufacturers release updates and new devices running Android 4.1/4.2. Expect Jelly Bean's slice of that pie to grow even more in next month's stats as the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 continue to make their way onto store shelves and into consumers' pockets with Android 4.1 and 4.2 in tow.

Via Android Developers