Google s Android usage stats for May have revealed that Android Jelly Bean continues to grow over the Ice Cream Sandwich, and might soon overtake the Gingerbread which presently dominates the Android ecosystem. The data also reveals an increase by 1.7 percent recorded in the uptake of 4.2 version of Jelly Bean as compared to the 2.3 percent seen in previous two months. Also Read - Android KitKat continues to steadily grow, but half the Android smartphones still run on Jelly Bean
According to the data, Android Jelly Bean share has increased to 33 percent from 28 percent recorded last month while Ice Cream Sandwich continues to lose its share in the ecosystem and settles at about a quarter of the overall Android market. The data also shows that the Gingerbread with 36.5 percent is losing market to the Jelly Bean, despite entry level phones still holding a good share of the market. Gingerbread held about 50 percent of the ecosystem early this year and has lost a big share since then.
The increase in the 4.2 Jelly Bean can be justified by the fact that a lot of players are now rolling out the update on their phones running on the previous version. Also apart from the updates being rolled out, even local vendors have been coming up with devices running the 4.2 straight out of the box, and hence Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is expected to pick up further in weeks to come.
While there is a shift seen in the adoption of the latest version of Android, the stats for the display sizes have remained almost the same as recorded a month before. The smaller screen devices with 3-3.5-inch screen have increased to 10 percent from 9.8 percent and the normal screen sized (4-inch) phones are back to 79.9 as reported two months back. There is a slight fall in the extra large screen devices which now accounts 4.5 percent instead of the 4.9 reported a month back.
This is rather surprising as OEMs have been pushing 5-inch plus smartphones in the market in a heavy handed way. Most of the current generation Android flagships are 5-inch devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, but it appears that consumers are not buying into the notion of a 5-inch screen.