It’s taken more than a year but Jelly Bean is finally approaching a 50% adoption rate among Android users. The latest numbers posted on the Android Developers website show that Android versions 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 now account for 48.6% of all Android devices in use, compared to the 20.6% that run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the 28.5% that still run the ancient Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Although it’s good that almost half of all active Android devices are now running on Jelly Bean, it comes at a time when Google is planning to roll out its next major release for its mobile platform, known as Android 4.4 KitKat. So while Google may finally be ironing out some of its past fragmentation issues, the company is getting ready to throw a new one into the mix whenever KitKat releases later this year.
Jelly Bean has now firmly established itself as the dominant version of Android. The newest numbers posted on the Android Developers website show that Jelly Bean, which encompasses Android 4.1 and Android 4.2, is now found on 40.5% of all Android devices, up from the 38% of devices that featured Jelly Bean last month. Jelly Bean’s rise means that Android 2.3 Gingerbread is finally fading away and its market share declined slightly from 34% in June to 33% in July. Google has been slowing down how often it releases major updates to Android of late, as Jelly Bean has been the codename of the new version of Android for more than a year now. Google is expected to release a larger overhaul of Android dubbed “Key Lime Pie” at some point over the next year.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread debuted in 2010 but it dominated the Android platform until as early June 2013. Then, it finally happened — Google’s year-old Jelly Bean software became the most widely used version of Android as of the 14-day period ended July 8th, 2013. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean debuted on July 9th, 2012, and Google then released an update, Android 4.2, last November. Combined, the two currently available versions of Jelly Bean are now found on 37.9% of all Android devices in use, according to Google’s version tracking data. This tops Gingerbread’s 34.1% usage share and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich’s 23.3% share. If history has taught us anything though, it’s likely that we can now expect to see Jelly Bean remain the dominant Android platform through 2014 and beyond.
BlackBerry boasts that its operating system has the ability to run Android apps, although the current version of BlackBerry 10 only works with apps from Android 2.3 Gingerbread and earlier. BlackBerry users are about to get a whole lot more apps to choose from, however, because the company on Thursday announced that BlackBerry 10.2 will finally add support for Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which will give BlackBerry users access to apps that are more recent than the builds most Android devices are running. A beta release of the new BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and Plug-in for Android Development Tools was made available to developers, but BlackBerry 10.2 isn’t expected to arrive on devices until later this year. BlackBerry previously announced that the update will also bring support for standard Unicode emojis, multiple alarms, level 1 notifications, reminder timers and more.
Following the success of new smartphones like the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, the latest version of Android is now found on a third of all smartphones. In May, 33% of Android devices that downloaded or updated applications from Google Play were found to run Jelly Bean, up from 25% in April. The success of Jelly Bean has resulted in decreases for all other software versions. Ice Cream Sandwich fell from 29.3% to 25.6%, Gingerbread from 39.8% to 36.5% and Froyo dropped from 4.0% to 3.2%. Google is expected to release the next version of Android, Android 4.3, in the coming months.
Google was rumored to debut a new version of Android earlier this month at its I/O Developers Conference. The event has come and gone, however, without a single mention of the operating system. Recent reports suggest that an update will be available in the coming months with support for a more power efficient Bluetooth standard, but little is known about the update. A forum member on XDA-Developers recently posted images of a Nexus 4 that appears to be running a test build of Android 4.3. The images reveal the new version will retain the “Jelly Bean” name, similar to Android 4.2, and will be only a minor update consisting of small changes and bug fixes. One change appears to be a slight cosmetic update to the Android camera software with the controls being relocated from the center to the side. A second image follows below. More →
Slowly but surely, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is inching its way toward overtaking the two-and-a-half year old Gingerbread as the dominant platform version of Android. The latest numbers from the Android Developers website show that Jelly Bean now holds a 28.4% share of the Android device market, marking the first time it has had a larger share than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which now has a sits at 27.5%. All that said, Jelly Bean still has a ways to go before it catches up with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the operating system that was released all the way back in December 2010, which still clings to a 38.5% share of the Android market. In other words, it looks like Gingerbread will still be the most widely used version of Android as Google announces yet another new version of the platform, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which may be coming at Google I/O later this month.
The latest version of Android, known as Jelly Bean, is now found on a quarter of all Android devices… sort of. In the first week of every month, Google (GOOG) publishes Android version distribution numbers that break down the market share of each individual software version. The numbers were traditionally based off devices that “checked-in” with Google’s servers, however the company has decided to update its calculation methods to better reflect active Android and Google Play users. The numbers are now based on devices that download apps or at least update apps from the Play store each month. More →
Motorola on Thursday began rolling out an update for the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX that brings both devices up to Android 4.1.2. Along with standard Jelly Bean features such as Google Now and Project Butter, the company has also begun to remove some of the traditional Motoblur apps and replace them with stock Android ones. In what is most certainly Google’s (GOOG) doing, the move marks the beginning of the end for Motorola’s user interface. The company has removed the Social Location app, MotoCast, MotoActv, MotoPrint, Alarm and Timer, My Gallery, My Music and Verizon Video on Demand apps from both devices. The Gallery, Music and Alarm and Timer apps have all be replaced with stock Android alternatives, while the default Web browser has been changed to Chrome.
It’s the first week of the month and you know what that means: The latest Android distribution numbers are in. The most recent version of Google’s (GOOG) operating system, known as Jelly Bean, has continued to grow in the early part of this year and now accounts for 16.5% of the Android market, an increase of nearly 3 percentage points in the last month. Interestingly enough, devices running Ice Cream Sandwich actually decreased slightly from 29% in February to 28.6% in March. Manufacturers have finally begun to release devices with Jelly Bean and continue to update older devices to the latest version of Android. Google still has a major problem on its hands, however: More than half of all Android devices continue to run versions of the operating system that are more than two years old. While the numbers are decreasing, 44.2% of devices still run Gingerbread and 7.6% are still powered by Froyo.
Google (GOOG) published the latest Android distribution numbers on Tuesday and the results display Android‘s number one problem — fragmentation. The latest version of Google’s operating system, known as Jelly Bean, is still only found on 13.6% of all devices, a slight increase from 10.2% last month. The adoption rate of Ice Cream Sandwich remained flat at 29%, however, and nearly half of all Android devices are still powered by Gingerbread. The two-year-old operating system’s share of the market only dropped 1.2 percentage points from 46.6% to 45.4%. Fragmentation remains a major issue for Android and Google, and the latest numbers show that the company must continue to work with carriers and manufacturers to ensure older devices are being updated to newer and more secure versions of the operating system.
One of the unique features of the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 operating system is the ability to run Android apps. This is achieved through the company’s “Runtime for Android apps” program, however it isn’t perfect. For one, the runtime environment is based on the two-year old Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and not a recent version, but BlackBerry (BBRY) on Monday announced that it plans to eventually update the Android runtime environment to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, CrackBerry reported. This will allow Android developers to port their Android 4.0+ apps to the BlackBerry 10 platform, however the company didn’t give a specific time frame as to when the update will be complete.
Owners of the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 will be happy to learn that Samsung (005930) has begun to update their tablets to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The company announced its plans earlier this week, revealing that the Note’s update includes “dramatic improvements to the multitasking and S Pen features,” while the Tab 2 will bring the company’s Premium Suite of features and productivity apps to the device. The addition of Jelly Bean will also give the tablets access to Google Now, Google’s (GOOG) personal assistant feature, and improved performance with Project Butter. The update is available now for Wi-Fi models of the Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Tab 7 and Galaxy Tab 10.1.