Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform releases have started to gain some more ground on the market, currently accounting for 10.2 percent of all active Android devices out there.
According to data collected in the two weeks ending January 3, 2013, Android 4.1 was present on 9 percent of all devices that accessed the Google Play Store, while Android 4.2 was loaded on 1.2 percent of them.
The surge has resulted in the older Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform release to drop to less than 50 percent usage, though it did not cause it to lose its top position among the various OS releases still used out there.
At the moment, Gingerbread is powering 47.6 percent of all active Android devices, down from 50.8 percent in the beginning of December 2012
For comparison, Android 4.1 was running on 5.9 percent devices last month, while Android 4.2 was present on only 0.8 percent of them.
Android 4.0.3 - 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS release grew in usage as well, now accounting for 29.1 percent of all devices, up from 27.5 percent a month ago.
Honeycomb, the Android
version aimed at tablet PCs alone, was loaded on only 1.5 percent devices in the past two weeks, down from 1.6 percent a month ago.
According to the latest platform distribution charts from Google, the older Android 2.2, Android 2.1 and Android 1.6 platform releases lost even more ground in the past month.
Froyo now accounts only for 9 percent of all active devices out there, Éclair is loaded on 2.4 percent of them, while Donut has dropped to 0.2 percent share. Soon, it might be removed from the charts altogether.
Those who would like to learn some more info on the usage of Android’s various versions should head over to Google’s Android Developers website