Google s distribution chart for various Android versions for the month highlights that Android s Jelly Bean has finally surpassed Gingerbread and become the most used version in the Android ecosystem. It had first toppled Ice Cream Sandwich a couple of months back, and continued to expand, while Ice Cream Sandwich as well as Gingerbread recorded a low uptake in the market. The Android Jelly Bean version has picked up by 5 percent during the last month, and is now found on close to 38 percent of devices than 33 percent recorded earlier, while the Gingerbread runs on 34.1 percent of the devices and the ICS has shrunk to 23.3 percent. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
As we go deeper, the 4.1.x version of Jelly Bean now holds 32.3 percent of the market and the 4.2.x closes at 5.6 percent, both of which have been progressive in terms of growth. The main factor behind this uptake is that most of the new handsets now offer Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. Moreover, a lot of mobile players have started rolling out upgrades to their phone running on previous versions of the OS.
Surprisingly, despite a relatively high number of low-end Android phones in the market, Gingerbread which was held around 50 percent market share earlier in the year continues to lose its market share to Jelly Bean.
On the display size front, there has not been any major shift seen in the adoption of the device with larger displays. The small screen devices (3 to 3.5-inch screen) as well as the normal screen sized (4-inch) phones remained holding the same share, at 10 percent and 79.9 percent respectively. Devices with extra large screen have fallen by 0.1 percent to 4.4 percent, while the 5-inchers have been recorded to hold 5.7 percent of the market.