Android is currently the world’s largest smartphone operating system and among the different versions of the OS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and its variants were on top for the longest time. Now new statistics available from Android Developers suggest that Android 4.x has finally overtaken Gingerbread.
Although Gingerbread still accounts for 44.2% of all the devices shipping with Android, Android 4.x and its versions are slightly ahead with 45.1% of active use. What’s good news for Google is that Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean is active on 16.5% of users, which suggests two things: the latest Android handsets are becoming more successful on carriers and more users might be getting updates from their carriers.
We can’t say for sure whether Jelly Bean or any other version will become as popular as Gingerbread. Earlier, OEMs had to spend more time with Gingerbread since Honeycomb was designed specifically for tablets, and also many old devices weren’t upgradeable to Android 4.0. At present, manufacturers can choose either ICS or Jelly Bean, and later this year Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is expected to come out. By that time, these numbers will be totally different.
And just in case you didn’t notice, Froyo and Eclair are still up there with a combined 9.6% of active use. Which one are you using at the moment?