Who could ever have though of that? The almighty once Gingerbread was finally dethroned by the two latest flavors of Jelly Bean combined! The Gingerbread dominance era finally comes to a halt after two years.
This latest report (which has data taken from the 14-day period ending on July 8th) shows Android Jelly Bean (4.1 & 4.2) accounting for 37.9% of the share pie, while Gingerbread (2.3) slips into second place with 34.1%. Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) on the other hands takes third place with 23.3% still clinging but gradually closing as more devices are being upgraded to newer releases of Android. As a result of the rise of Jelly Bean usage, both Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich usage dropped over the past month.
More users are now on the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 bandwagon (36.3%) but the most recent version of Android (4.2.2) is still way behind clocking at just 5.6%. The gap between ancient releases and the newest versions is however fading, let’s not forgot all those Gingerbread-era devices especially those budget low end handsets are being phased out, replaced by newer models.
The positive change can also be attributed to the vast variety of newer devices shipping with Android 4.1 or 4.2, manufacturers were also pushing out Jelly Bean upgrades for quite a few smartphones during during last few weeks. The Xperia Z and the HTC One all tasted the latest revision of Android.
The Holo-centric Android versions now power over 60% of the Android market. – It’s nice to finally see Jelly Bean take top honors here!