Jelly Bean in Ranks Higher in Android Ranking as Compared to ICS

As reported by Android and quoted by CNET, the Jelly Bean with ’28.40%’ users, is now emerging as the leading Android version in android Ranking, pushing back the Ice Cream Sandwich which is occupying the Android market with just ‘27.50%’share. But Gingerbread is still at the top with ‘38.40%’ in Android market.

This data has been taken from the download data of Google Play from where Android apps are available for free and priced shopping and is manipulated for usage. The data is available for the 12 versions of Android which are given below:

Version

Codename

API

Distribution

1.6 Donut 4 0.1%
2.1 Eclair 7 1.7%
2.2 Froyo 8 3.7%
2.3 – 2.3.2 Gingerbread 9 0.1%
2.3.3 – 2.3.7 10 38.4%
3.2 Honeycomb 13 0.1%
4.0.3 – 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich 15 27.5%
4.1.x Jelly Bean 16 26.1%
4.2.x 17 2.3%

Android Versions in the Market

Note: This data given above in the table was collected during a 14 day period, ending on May 1, 2013.

Apparent Reason

Talking about the apparent reason of the increased adoption rate of Jelly Bean, CNET is of the view that though Jelly Bean was just released in July last, is gaining fast on Gingerbread which was released in December 2010. Gingerbread was commanding more than 50 percent of the Android market at the end of 2012 but the Jelly Bean adoption is higher by 180% since that time.

The major cause of this sudden change seems to be Galaxy S3 of Samsung which is sold more than 50 million set units since its release in May 2012. It is expected that with the expected sales for Galaxy S4, the new flagship of Samsung, Jelly Bean is expected to over excel all the versions of Android, including Gingerbread, in near future.

Sources: Android, CNET