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Jelly Bean Now Running On 13.6 Percent Of Android Devices

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Jelly Bean is now on more Android devices but Gingerbread is still the most popular

Just over six month after it was first released, Jelly Bean is now running on 13.6 percent of all Android devices.

According to records of devices that have accessed the Google Play store in the two weeks prior to 4 February, 12.2 percent were running version 4.1 of Android and a further 1.4 percent were running version 4.2.

Android Jelly Bean share

Jelly Beans © zigzagmtart - Fotolia.comJelly Bean was first rolled out in July 2011 and features simplified voice search, improved widgets, image viewing controls and text-to-speech capabilities along with a smarter keyboard. It promises effortless switching between apps and the home screen as well as expandable notifications that let you take actions such as call, text or email.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ was the first device to receive the update, which has since been rolled out to a number of more recent Android smartphones and the Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Version 4.0 of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), is currently running on 29 percent of Android devices, a number which has barely increased since January. ICS was running on one in ten devices last July and debuted in November 2011 on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

However the most popular version of Android remains version 2.3 Gingerbread, more than two years after it was first released. It runs on 45.6 percent of All Android devices, more than all of its successors combined.

The tablet-oriented Honeycomb 3.0 is used by a meagre 1.3 percent of devices while version 2.2 Froyo is run on 8.1 percent of Android systems. Two older variants, 2.1 Éclair and 1.6 Donut, are the software of choice for 2.2 percent and 0.1 percent of handsets respectively.

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