Google has updated its Platform Versions web page for Android once again, and the results seem to be positive and promising. According to the latest statistics, 33% of Google Play users are on Android Jelly Bean, 25% are on ICS and 36% are on Gingerbread.
Android Jelly Bean seems to be catching up with Android Gingerbread, a version of Android OS that has been topping this chart since a long time. This is also good news and a positive and promising sign for Google who has been trying to bridge the gap between the various versions of Android operating system.
Earlier, many smartphone manufacturers and carrier companies requested Google to not release a new version of Android because they were still trying to come up with Jelly Bean updates for their products that were already sold in the market. And now, we see it happening, Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean together have crossed the 30% mark and are now competing for the first place with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
According to the latest report from Google, 36.5% users are on Gingerbread, 33% are on Jelly Bean, 25.6% are on Ice Cream Sandwich, 3.2% are on Froyo and 0.1% are on Honeycomb. Google will now expect the 25.6% users on Ice Cream Sandwich to move up to Jelly Bean, which will indicate that almost every smartphone user who is eligible for the Jelly Bean update has gone through the process and is up to date on his device.
The high percentage of Gingerbread users will most probably remain the same since there are a lot of good mid-range smartphones like the Motorola Defy XT 535 which cannot be upgraded any further. Even then, if smartphone manufacturers and carrier companies roll out the Jelly Bean update for all supported devices, this chart will soon be updated and we will see Android Jelly Bean on the top of the charts.
Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store. Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.