Jelly Bean grows while Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich cede market share.
Google’s latest Android distribution stats show Jelly Bean attaining a market share north of 60 percent in the month of January.
The 60 percent share was achieved via a growth of 1.8 percent over the previous month. Of course, upon closer inspection, it is clear to see that most devices on Jelly Bean are still running on Android 4.1.x instead of Android 4.2.x or 4.3, but it’s something that’s easy to forgive considering Google’s dominant mobile OS hasn’t seen major updates since 4.1.
Android KitKat, meanwhile, moved forward at a snail’s pace, growing by only 0.4 percent. While that should change in the coming weeks as 2013 flagships continue to get updated to the chocolate-themed version and new devices launch with KitKat out of the box, it will still be a considerable while before the latest version of the OS starts posting any noticeable growth.
Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich continued to cede market share, going down by 1.2 and 0.7 percent respectively. Overall, they still hold a considerable part of the market, but for an OS that was once heavily fragmented and a pain to develop for, the latest distribution numbers are a good sign that things are continuing to stabilize.
Source: Android Developers