Another month goes by, and as always, the folks over at Google have released their latest numbers on the usage of its OS. Those are mostly targeted at developers, but there's no rule saying that we can't take a peek, too.
First and foremost, we're happy to note that Android Jelly Bean is getting real close to the 50% threshold, or in other words – half of all devices on the droid platform are now running a version of Jelly Bean, mostly 4.2.1 (36.5%), while the newest Android 4.3 only accounts for 1.5% right now. Neither of these numbers appear surprising in the least – Jelly Bean is by far the most polished of all major updates, and it has proven to work just fine even on less potent hardware. We would, however, definitely like to see more devices leave the now dated 4.2.1 build and move onto 4.3, though this has traditionally proven problematic.
On the other hand, super-old versions of Android, like Gingerbread, are still pretty popular, at 28.5%. These include all the legacy devices that are still operational, though we're still seeing new devices coming out with the OS, mostly in China and India.
At 20.6%, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has a fifth of the market, though we expect a good number of those to start making the jump to Jelly Bean sooner or later. Unfortunately, there are quite a few ICS devices out right now who have been officially cut off, so that's that.
In case you weren't aware, Google also reports figures covering the swath of different screen sizes and the pixel densities that exist in the Android universe. While it's impossible to call the exact split, we can nevertheless extrapolate some information, like the fact that despite the recent predominance of large screened devices (e.g. 4.7'' plus), nearly 90% of the populace has to make do with a screen estate anywhere from 2- to 4.5-inches. Really puts things in perspective, doesn't it?