The latest Android distribution figures are out and Android Jelly Bean is on the rise. Versions Android 4.1.x and 4.2.x are now on 40.5 percent of all Android devices, which is a large jump from May when Jelly Bean was still nearing a 30-percent install base. Ice Cream Sandwich is still on 22.5 percent of Android devices, Gingerbread is still on 33.1 percent of all Android-powered smartphones and tablets, and Froyo, Donut, Eclair and Honeycomb all make up the remaining slices of the pie.
Google recently introduced Android 4.3, which wasn’t a huge upgrade over Android 4.2. New iterations certainly aren’t going to help close the fragmentation gap, but at least it looks like most phones should be easily upgraded since it isn’t a huge move away from Android 4.2. We’ll likely see the Jelly Bean distribution figure increase, too, as fresh devices start to roll out with the newer version.
In any case, this shows us that an Android developer might be best creating apps that are supported by Jelly Bean first, since that now has the largest install base of users.