At long last, Jelly Bean has become the most widely distributed version of Android.
Android 4.1 and 4.2, most commonly referred to as “Jelly Bean,” have finally taken the lead in the operating system distribution race amongst the various versions. Just last month the versions of Jelly Bean fell just short of 30 percent, but from the latest measurements taken over a 14 day period ending on July 8, it is now flirting with 40 percent of the Android market share. Combined between the two versions, Jelly Bean now has 37.9 percent of all Android devices.
Coming in second is our old friend Gingerbread (2.3 through 2.3.7) with 34.1 percent which is a drop of 4.4 percent from last month. Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0 through 4.0.4) has 23.3 percent currently, a drop of 4.2 percent.
Jelly Bean’s new found crown at the top of the pile comes from a combination of newly released devices and older models being updated. With 4.3 keeping the Jelly Bean moniker we can expect its share to grow, and this may be why 5.0, currently referred to as “Key Lime Pie,” is still not being discussed in-depth by Google. Speculation seems to point to a release in the fall, but it’s possible that Google is waiting for Jelly Bean to take an even bigger lead over devices running older versions before it releases yet another version.