Android Jelly Bean penetration increases but Gingerbread still runs on almost half of all Android smartphones: Google

Google has revealed the latest Android usage statistics, including the percentage of users on each build of the OS based on Google Play Store traffic. The stats in the form of a pie-chart throws some surprising figures by stating that a massive 45 percent of users are still stuck on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread while only a 13.6 percent of the total number of users have upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The stats further reveal that 30 percent of the users have upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while 1.3 percent are on Android 3.1 Honeycomb. What comes as a real surprise though is that besides the 45.6 percent who still remain on Gingerbread, there are 8.1 percent of those who are still on Android 2.2 Froyo and 0.2 percent on Android 1.6 Donut. The reasons for the users still being stuck to these outdated OS, range from vendors not pushing updates on time to cheap entry-level phones that can barely run Android 2.3.

When compared to last month’s data, there are some positive signs. The percentage of Gingerbread users has fallen below the 50 percent and Froyo below the 10 percent mark. The percentage of Ice Cream Sandwich on the other hand appears to have dropped a little suggesting that Jelly Bean adoption has been gaining momentum.