Some smartphone and tablet owners may still be waiting for Android’s Jelly Bean update, but statistics from Google indicate that the number of devices running Android 4.1 and 4.2 is continuing to grow each month.
Over the past month in particular, traffic in the Google Play store from Jelly Bean devices has seen a sharp increase. Data collected during a two-week period that ended on Jan. 3 shows that Jelly Been usage has risen to 10.2 percent. This is a significant milestone for the operating system considering it only measured in at 6.2 percent when it was measured at the same time last month.
The Jelly Bean statistics include a mix of Android 4.1 and Android 4.2 traffic in the Google Play store over the past month. Despite this climb, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still the most widely used operating system by a long shot. Gingerbread accounted for a whopping 47.6 percent of all Android usage from Dec. 3 through Jan. 3. Android 2.3 and 2.3.2 claim most of this market share with 47.4 percent, and Android 2.3.3 through 2.3.7 contribute .2 percent.
This increase in Jelly Bean usage follows what seems to be a trend in growth for the seven month old operating system. The statistics that came in from last month showed that Jelly Bean more than doubled its usage compared to the same period measured in October. To be exact, this number grew from 2.7 percent to 6.7 percent during a two-week time frame two months ago.
Google introduced the Jelly Bean mobile software at its I/O developers’ conference last June, with its Galaxy Nexus-branded devices receiving the update just after it launched. Since then carriers have made moves to roll Jelly Bean out on a more massive scale, and this surge could be attributed to a significant end-of-the-year push. Google also unveiled its second generation of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2, in mid-November alongside the release of its Nexus 10 tablet and Nexus 4 handset.
Samsung recently introduced its own line of enhancements to pair with Google’s Jelly Bean operating system on its Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note devices. Labeled as the Premium Suite features, these additions bring more multitasking and social functions to the Galaxy S3, Note and Note 2.
Check out the graphic below from Google's Developer Dashboard to check out the Android stats for yourself.