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Android Jelly Bean More Than Doubles Market Presence

New smartphones and system updates helped Android 4.1 and 4.2 gain significant ground in the last 30 days.

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Android 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 have finally established a significant presence among all Android versions. The latest data shared by Google reveals that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, released in November, debuted with a sliver at just 0.8% share among Android devices. This version of Android is only available to select devices, including the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus.

The real mover among Android variants, however, was Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This version, available since late June, climbed from just 2.7% of all Android devices to 5.9%. Its presence more than doubled in the last 30 days.

This can be attributed in part to the number of devices updated from Android 4.0 to 4.1 in recent weeks. For example, on Tuesday AT&T is pushing Jelly Bean to the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Sprint and T-Mobile variants of the GSIII have already received Jelly Bean. Also, a higher percentage of new devices are shipping with Android 4.1 on board (including the new Nexus gear from Google).

Together, Android 4.2 and 4.1 -- both named Jelly Bean -- have a hold on 6.7% of all Android devices.

[ Android owns 72% of the mobile market. Learn Why Android's Dominance Is Bad. ]

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich also saw some growth. Its percentage climbed from 25.8% last month to 27.5% this month. Keep in mind, Ice Cream Sandwich saw growth despite the fact that many devices were updated from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean during the last 30 days.

The rest of the Android OS field continues to dwindle. Gingerbread (Android 2.3) managed to maintain its grip on more than half of all Android devices with 50.8%. That's down from 54.1% last month. Android 2.2 Froyo owns 10.3% of all Android devices, Android 2.1 Eclair owns 2.7%, and Android 1.6 Donut and 1.5 Cupcake together have just 0.4%.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the best version of Android yet, though Android 4.1 isn't that far behind. Some of the newest features in 4.2 include Photo Sphere, which takes 360-degree panoramas, and continuous text input with a new traceable keyboard.

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dwong94502
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dwong94502,
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12/4/2012 | 8:30:59 PM
re: Android Jelly Bean More Than Doubles Market Presence
But Android as a whole is losing marketshare in the US for the past two consecutive quarters. And that will spread around the world. Cheap marketshare didnt last and Android is becoming the next Sambian!
rmanske53101
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rmanske53101,
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12/4/2012 | 6:39:32 PM
re: Android Jelly Bean More Than Doubles Market Presence
As opposed to Apple that has their 'loyal' customers lining up each time they do a minimal upgrade to their product to by the latest version (admit it, the last 3 iPhones have really done little to substantially advance the product, other than a better screen)? Android is an open platform, unlike Apple that locks you into their ecosystem for, well, life. Now go have yourself another big cup of Apple-flavored Kool-Aid and stop pretending yourself an impartial user of technology. (and in casue you're wondering, I have an iPhone 4 and like it very much, but only because it was 99 cents when I order it and bacause of all the apps it runs)
Go with whatever platform you perfer and like best, for it's the customer that rules.
Mark Cortezzo
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Mark Cortezzo,
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12/4/2012 | 6:01:38 PM
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ha ha. many of my family, friends and colleagues that have lived within the apple ecosystem for many years are actually now switching to android. re; unlike ios, where you're forced to upgrade sooner or later due to app incompatibilities (and then deal with an os that older hardware can't handle, or bite the bullet and buy that shiny new iphone), old android phones can continue to run quite well on older versions - there is no NEED to upgrade. Android "fragmentation" is actually beneficial for people that opt not to upgrade their device every 6 months, and speaks to the choice that's @ the heart of android adoption. those wanting the "latest greatest" can buy a nexus device. those that don't care how old their phone is, as long as they can update their facebook status and upload a few cute pix of the kids, can continue to use and be satisfied with their old froyo devices. those folks somewhere in the middle, the majority of users who update their phone every 2 years as part of a carrier refresh cycle, can be satisfied with a reasonably up-to-date os that is most suited to their hardware (and is likely to have @ least 1-2 subsequent os updates that will enhance vs. cripple their device).
jhkjhk
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jhkjhk,
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12/4/2012 | 5:59:14 PM
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The problem with computer manufacturers is their inclination to impose planned obsolescence on their customers. Having bought the Droid X when it came out, I discovered 2 years later that Google had no intention of enabling upgrades to ice cream sandwich let alone jelly bean. So, I'm over android for the foreseeable future. Apple rules.
bandes
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bandes,
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12/4/2012 | 5:06:29 PM
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Not bad - 15% adoption in the first 24 hours and 60% by the start of October. Oops - that was iOS 6.0. My bad...
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