It’s the beginning of the month, and that means Google has updated its Android version share chart. Google collects the specific versions of Android accessing the Google Play Store to get these numbers, and to no surprise, Jelly Bean has picked up a bit.
Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean are now 6.7% of devices in the wild, which isn’t terribly impressive. Still, it’s at least something. With Android 2.3 Gingerbread still consisting of more than 50% of devices, it’s going to be a long road ahead for Jelly Bean before it takes the lead. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich now claims 27.5%, where Android 2.2 Froyo and lower has still managed to hold on to 13.4% of the chart.
While it’s still some months away, we do know that Google is likely to announce a new version of it’s mobile operating system sometime around mid-2013. By then, the likes of Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich could indeed eclipse the current king, Gingerbread.
Collectively holding 34.2% of devices, Android 4.x has certainly made some headway in the past year. We still don’t know if a more elegant update process is in the works for Android devices, but if there is, it’ll likely be a while before end-users see it.