Google has updated the developer dashboard with new platform distribution numbers, and they show a nice uptick for Google’s latest and greatest. Jelly Bean (versions 4.1 and 4.2) have reached 33% of active Android devices, or roughly one-third of the market. Gingerbread, however, continues its slow slide downward while remaining stubbornly high.
Last month Gingerbread was chugging along at 38.5%, so the last 30-days saw a 2% drop. That’s actually a slight acceleration in the rate of decline. Jelly Bean rose 3.4% in last months update, compared to a healthy increase of about 4.6% this time.
Other versions of Android continue to shift. ICS is down a fraction, as are Froyo, Éclair, and Donut. Honeycomb continues to be used by essentially no one. Remember these numbers are now based on devices that have checked into the Play Store in the last 2-weeks, but it’s a fair measure of phones and tablets that are being used on a regular basis.
The Android Platform Versions page also gives us data about the relative number of devices that have a particular screen configuration, calculated by a combination of screen size and density. It comes as no surprise that almost 80 percent of phones running Android have ‘normal’ screen sizes (roughly 3.5-4.5 inches). The percentage of devices with screen sizes ranging from 7-10 inches (tablets) is now at 4.2 percent.
I think this development is specifically interesting and definitely points towards the spiraling growth of Android devices in the globe, thanks to cheap Android smartphones with Internet and apps functionality that sell like hot cakes in emerging economies as well. Global mobile subscriptions are steadily increasing as well. Another factor that has given rise to Android penetration could be blockbuster phones from Samsung and other manufacturers. The numbers are progressing and another good thing to be observed is the growth of devices running comparatively newer Android versions.