Jelly Bean almost catches Gingerbread in newest Android platform numbers

Jelly Bean almost catches Gingerbread in newest Android platform numbers
Another month down means another set of Android platform numbers to help guide developers in decisions about what features to offer, and what level of the Android API to use when developing for the platform. And this month has shown more growth for Jelly Bean, which looks like it should overtake Gingerbread by next month as the dominant version.

Jelly Bean was the big winner this past month (likely due to the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S4 which launched with Android 4.2.2). As of May 1st, Jelly Bean held 28.4% of the Android ecosystem, with Gingerbread holding the lead at 38.4%, but as of today, Jelly Bean has made a big push while Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich both saw decreases. 

In the new numbers, Jelly Bean is up almost 5% to start June with 33%. Gingerbread is still the dominant version at 36.5%, but it doesn't look like that will last much longer. Ice Cream Sandwich also lost about .5%, and none of the other versions really matter at all. 

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1. thethird

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Basically, ICS became the testing platform for JB. Many manufacturers opted to put JB on their recent devices coz it is not just the newest but a more stable mate compared to ICS.

15. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It's not only about stability, but more about performance. With ICS you needed a more powerful device than with Gingerbread. That means many devices couldn't be updated as they didn't have the needed specifications. But with JB you can run it in any ICS device, and even in devices whith lower specs, so it's normal it getting the numbers faster than ICS.

2. papss unregistered

Wow JB did great at catching on tbh... Now lets hope that KLP does just as well.

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Googles probably going to wait till like 50% of the market is running 4.2.1

14. Envy8

Posts: 14; Member since: May 31, 2013

I'm version 2.3

4. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

JB is becoming the new Gingerbread.

6. papss unregistered

That's not a bad thing... Btw I hate the new arrangement of the reply icon

9. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Me too! I kept on wondering why the reply box came up when I tried to vote on comments!

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

While my Mom and Dad is still part of the 3.2% running Group (2.2.2) on a LG Optimistic V and Samsung Dart. Hopefully I can get them a flagship and root it when necessary.

10. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I used to have an "optimistic" one(hence my user name), and you should root it and put Jelly Bean on it!

13. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

The Optimistic gave me the LOLZ

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Sometimes I hate when Manufacturers don't update their older models and have too force us too buy new ones. that's my only problem

8. papss unregistered

They aren't forcing you to do anything. We (tech nerds) always want the latest and greatest phones..

11. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

based on this graph, I see no fragmentation as "somebody" said !

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm quite impressed; about two thirds of Android users are on the two latest versions of Android, and most of the distribution is between only three major versions, one of which is beginning a rapid decline. Of course the cycle will start all over again with the next version of Android, but it seems like manufacturers are finally getting the hang of more timely updates and not releasing phones with old ass software.

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

JB is grt.

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