Android Gingerbread Still Ahead: ICS and Jelly Bean Quickly Taking Over

By: Gizbot Bureau

The latest versions of Android, Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich seems not to have caught up with the people much but Gingerbread still proves to be ahead of the race with over 45% of the phones running on Android uses this OS.

Google updated the Android Platform Versions page to show that Android 4.1 and 4.2 (Jelly Bean) platforms are slowly growing with the figures at 13.6 percent while Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) seems to have become stagnant, if not a tad bit unpopular. There were 29.1 percent devices which were running on Android ICS OS last month; however this has dipped to 29 percent in this month.

Android Gingerbread Still Ahead: ICS and Jelly Bean Quickly TakingOver

Gingerbread continues to be the most popular Android OS version and it is expected to continue at the top spot for a long time. It looks as though, ICS will not be crossing the 30 percent mark anytime soon and Jelly Bean will take a long time to catch up as well.

The main reason attributed to the top positioning of the Gingerbread OS is because there are a lot of budget smartphones from small manufacturers running this OS. Such devices cannot efficiently support Ice Cream Sandwich OS. These smartphones running Android Gingerbread contribute a significant portion to the overall figures of total number of phones using the OS. All the other OS versions of Android seem to be moving downhill. The data had been collected in a 14-day period which ended on February 4, 2013.

Several milestones were achieved in the last month: Jelly Bean passed 10% share, Gingerbread dropped below 50 percent, Froyo also became less than 10 percent. However, it is tragic that 8.1% of the phones are still running on Android Froyo.

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