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Jelly Bean Distribution Nearing 30 Percent

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Android’s latest distribution figures, collected during a 14-day period ending May 1, were released this week and Jelly Bean’s popularity is growing. The latest figures show a steady increase in adoption of Android 4.1 and above, likely due in large part to handsets that are being updated from Ice Cream Sandwich, and folks who are upgrading to newer handsets. Jelly Bean devices now represent 28.4 percent of all Android-powered gadgets.

In March, Ice Cream Sandwich had a 28.5 percent market share, and this month’s figures show a small decrease in the distribution of that version. Honeycomb accounted for just 0.1 percent of the Android market, while Gingerbread and earlier versions of the OS all collectively lost market share.

Perhaps the most notable part of the distribution figures is that we’re finally seeing that a majority of Android devices, more than 50 percent, are either running Jelly Bean or Ice Cream Sandwich. That suggests that Android’s fragmentation is slowing, even if there are different iterations for each full Android release.

We wonder, however, what Google I/O will bring this month, and how the next update to Android will affect distribution.


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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...


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