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.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.