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Google has just published the platform distribution numbers collected over the past two weeks, and things are finally looking up for the 4.1+ crowd. It's been a long, tedious, tiring trek, but Android 4.1.x/4.2.x, collectively known as Jelly Bean, has finally become the dominate OS – surpassing Gingerbread by 3.8 percent. It may not be a huge amount, but Jelly Bean is currently running on 37.9 percent of all devices – a full 4.9% more than last month's numbers.

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Ice Cream Sandwich has dropped down to 23.3 percent this month, while Honeycomb hangs on at just 0.1 percent. Other changes are negligible this go around – Donut's still kicking it on 0.1 percent of devices, and Éclair just dropped to 1.4 percent.

Overall, not bad growth coming from the 4.1+ crowd this month – at this rate, Gingerbread will be extinct in no time.

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Cameron Summerson
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  • troph

    This is probably why they'll have 4.3 as Jelly Bean lol.

  • http://filmitnow.moonfruit.com/ Brandon Wood

    Woo!

  • Sean Thomas

    so now that >60% of devices have 4.0+ maybe all of the apps in the store will update to the design guidelines -.-

    • Android wins!

      ...thought no app dev ever. :P

  • icyrock1

    Hopefully the next version of Android will be optimized for low end devices. That's pretty much the only reason it's still being put on phones.

    • Matthew Fry

      Seriously doubt it. Based on the variety of devices that support ICS and up via Cyanogenmod, it's not the hardware specs that decide the OS version.

      • froken

        Acutally, looking at the severe lack of features so far in 4.3, I think they might be taking the same turn as OSX 10.9.

        Google know that Android is terribly unoptimized, I mean, it even runs slowly on my Nexus 7. I get the feeling we'll start to see more battery life improvements on top of Project Butter, though, as well.

        • Sean Royce

          The Nexus 7 wasn't ever know to have amazing hardware though. Optimization is very software based, it's up to the manufacturer to give the user a good experience.

        • meridiem phooey

          It cause Asus fcuked up the nexus 7 with shitty memory which makes it lag after a while.

    • meridiem phooey

      I think googles goal should be to get latest android and stock apps running smoothly on the nexus one

  • infogulch

    Excellent! But this is still percentages. I'd like to see some hard numbers extrapolated from the total device activation count published by google.

    It probably doesn't mean that the number of GB users is going down by the full 2.3%, just that more devices are activated with JB than GB (a pretty safe assumption). From a developer's perspective it means their GB users aren't going away.

    • Floss

      But it does mean that the number of relevant market users is going down. The people who hang on to the same phone for 3+ years aren't usually the type who are laying down a ton of cash for apps.

      • infogulch

        Interesting I hadn't thought about it like that before.

    • guest

      As far as I know, these are usage statistics not sales, i.e. all user not only new ones. So yes, it does mean that number of GB users is going down by 2.3%.

      From statistics page: "Each snapshot of data represents all the devices that visited the Google Play Store in the prior 14 days."

  • Heon Jun Park

    Damn it.... there is still significant number of 2.3.X
    But I dont want to support something so old -.-
    Oh well back to the drawing board to review the UI/UX.....

    • Christopher Mason

      Then don't. Just support the other 55.6 percent.

      • Hugo Casqueira Silva

        *61,2%

        • Christopher Mason

          I suck at math...

      • Mike Reid

        Most of we app devs are not rich enough to ignore even 10-20-40% of the market.

        I just dropped 2.1 support recently, and have an eye on dropping 2.2. And if I get too many complaints I'd re-enable and continue my focus on the next gen app for 4.0+ only.

      • Heon Jun Park

        I like money though 0.0

    • Sir_Brizz

      You could just start releasing 4.0+ only features.

      • Heon Jun Park

        Ya.... but I just started learning Android dev stuff.... so I don't know too much to implement something like that.

  • Metallinatus

    I bet this 0.1% of Honeycomb devices is entirely coming from Brazil .-.

  • bmaz

    Why did you guys say 'for the first time' do you expect gingerbread to make a comeback..?
    The headline should have been, 'Jelly Bean finally surpasses Gingerbread.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      I don't follow the interpretation, nor do I see how your suggestion makes it clearer that Gingerbread can't make a comeback. I just think that, well, has Jelly Bean been bigger than GB before? No? So it has surpassed it for the first time, I guess :)

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Yes, it is.

      Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc. is planning to introduce cheap high-end phones every year with progressively older versions of Android and then deny them updates. People will be ready to do anything for updates and become Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz's slaves. He will then rule the tri-state area!

    • PhoenixPath

      For the first time, for the last time...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      This is a completely pedantic point to make, but technically, it is possible. In the scenario where 4.3 launches with a new name (not Jelly Bean) and a substantial number of devices are updated to the new version quickly, then the percentage of JB devices could drop back below Gingerbread. In turn, as Gingerbread devices are retired, their numbers could fall below that devices eternally stuck on 4.1/4.2. By that time, nobody will really care because we will have already started speculating on a completely different letter of the alphabet... But it could happen ;)

  • Matthew Fry

    LOL. I want to meet the person still using Donut.
    Guhhhh...

    • Sir_Brizz

      It was so good back in the day... :p

    • Bloodflame87

      Ah yes, nostalgic memories from when I had a MyTouch 3G. Those were the days!

  • guest

    Headline:
    July's Platform Distribution Numbers Are In - Jelly Bean Surpasses Gingerbread For The First Time

    Thats great and all, but 4.2 is still only 5.6%

    Calling the last 3+ releases jellybean only masks the problem

    • Asphyx

      Thats not going to change for a good long while as 4.2 is really only compatible with the newer NEON compatible hardware.

      JB 4.1 has been creeping up as older (pre-Neon) ICS users have been updated to JB 4.1. WHile most GB units have been EOLed since before ICS came out.

      The GB numbers will change as people update their phones and it is those users who will most likely get units that will increase the JB4.2 Marketshare.

      JB 4.1 will take GB's place as the OS dead end devices will be stuck on until users update to newer hardware.

      • ssj4Gogeta

        All CortexA8's had NEON.

    • Sir_Brizz

      That's true, but the vast majority of API changes between 4.0 and 4.2.2 were made in 4.1, not 4.2.

  • Asphyx

    Good news is that JB is above ICS in marketshare. Some of it has to do with the cheap Nexus Tabs but it also shows an improvement in how Android post Phone and Tablet merger (ICS) that updates have been a bit better than they were back in the days of Eclair, Froyo and GB.

  • Michael Pahl

    Funny thing about iOS and Android fragmentation is that in reality its almost even on both platforms. Just because Apple updates the number of the OS on all the devices does not mean they all run the same OS at all... think about it, the iPhone 4 doesn't even have turn by turn GPS or Voice texting... how does this share the same OS number as the iPhone 5?

  • Armus

    Is amazing to see the leap from Froyo to JB. Almost like ICS was a footnote