Friday, April 5, 2013

A quarter of Android users now sport Jelly Bean

Android is now the most used operating system for quite a long time now. One of the most complained issue of the platform is the number of different versions that share the name 'Android'. To show the percentage distribution among these different versions, Google updates its platform version page every month. Apart from the number crunching, Google has updated the algorithm that is the basis of this data collection. They now include Google Play store usage as an important part of the usage trend analysis.

As far as the numbers goes, for the first time Android Jelly Bean has touched 25% (a quarter) of Android share sliding the Gingerbread version down to 39.8% this time. About 5.8% of pre-Gingerbread versions still  refuse to go away but that is probably because of the low-end devices which is the most popular Android smartphone segment. But when it comes to the positions, Gingerbread still earns the gold medal followed by ICS for second position and Jelly Bean, the latest and greatest Android, settling for third.

Previous Month Statistics:

Current month Statistics:

But there is an even hotter question - Has Google done right in tweaking the algorithm? The answer is skewed. Although the numbers now favor the developers and help them target better as it is based on the versions that are actively using Google Play but that also means that now the numbers are inaccurate. But the fact is that a layperson doesn't refer to these numbers and the developers who require these for accurate API targeting are the ones getting benefited by the new method.


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