The Android Developer portal has been updated with new statistics showing the exact fragmentation of the Android OS around the world , for the first time Jelly Bean is the most-used operating system in the Android world. Many users are yet to upgrade from the gingerbread version of Android , with about 34.1% of them still using it.

Google provides monthly updates on OS version share and this one takes into account data collected (based on Google Play store usage) over a two-week period ending today, July 8. Jelly Bean has been approaching a majority share, but this is the first time it has passed it, thanks to a 32.3 percent share for versions 4.1.X, and a 5.4 percent share for versions 4.2.X. Ice Cream Sandwich, which was sandwiched between Gingerbread and Jelly Bean, is less popular than both with the next biggest chunk of 23.3 percent.

 

Version Codename API Distribution
1.6 Donut 4 0.1%
2.1 Eclair 7 1.4%
2.2 Froyo 8 3.1%
2.3.3 –
2.3.7
Gingerbread 10 34.1%
3.2 Honeycomb 13 0.1%
4.0.3 –
4.0.4
Ice Cream Sandwich 15 23.3%
4.1.x Jelly Bean 16 32.3%
4.2.x 17 5.6%

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Jelly Bean is the most current version of the Android mobile OS, so this is good news both for developers and for Google. OS updates almost always bring new features for developers, but developers need the OS to actually be used by a large number of users before they can adopt those new features, and adopting those new features is what Google and other mobile platform operators will attract and keep new users.

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