Jelly Bean now powers more than half of all Android devices, according to the latest figures revealed by Google. According to the report, 53.1 percent of all devices run on some variant of Jelly Bean. Android Gingerbread comes in second with 26.3 percent followed by Ice Cream Sandwich at 19.8 percent. Also Read - MIUI 13 reportedly delayed due to need for further optimisations: Here's what we knowAlso Read - How to download Instagram videos on Android, iOS, PC
Despite Jelly Bean running on over half of all Android smartphones, there is significant fragmentation within Jelly Bean with only 2.3 percent devices running on the latest version of Jelly Bean. It is also alarming that Gingerbread, which was introduced almost three years ago still runs on more than a quarter of all Android devices. Also Read - This Android smartphone comes with a massive 13,200mAh battery
Google hopes to tackle the fragmentation problem with its latest Android KitKat version, which can run on devices with just 512MB of RAM. This will ensure that entry-level Android smartphones too can run on the latest version of Android. However, existing devices are unlikely to get updated as these updates are the prerogative of the handset vendors and not something that is controlled by Google.
While Android’s fragmentation issue is unlikely to change over the next couple of quarters but KitKat is a step in the right direction to tackle the problem.