Months After Its Release Date, Jelly Bean Barely Present On Android Devices

 @LisaEadicicco
on November 02 2012 4:52 PM

Google began to roll out its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system over the summer, and yet months later, the software update still appears to be barely present on most Android powered devices.

On Friday, the search engine giant released its latest statistics on which Android operating systems are most popular among users.  The data was gathered by measuring active OS installs entering the Google Play store within a two-week period.

Ice Cream Sandwich, the Android iteration that was released just before Jelly Bean, has seen a significant jump as it now claims 25.8 percent of devices. This is a 2.1 percent increase from last month’s figures when its percentage rested at 23.7.

The most popular version of Android still appears to be Gingerbread, the three-generation-old edition of Google’s mobile software. The statistics show that more than half of Android users are running on a version of Gingerbread.

Fifty-three point nine percent of devices are using a version of Android that falls between 2.3.3 and 2.3.7, which is the most recently updated edition Gingerbread. The previous version of Gingerbread, Android 2.3 through 2.3.2, only claims 0.9 percent of users.

While this is the most widely used Android software, Gingerbread has seen a drop in comparison to last month’s numbers. Statistics for this treat-themed software have dropped by 1.6 percent from October to November.

Jelly Bean, contrastingly, only appears to be present on 2.7 percent of Android devices. This could be due to the fact that older models are being neglected and forgotten, as the only devices to get changes in software have been released in the last year, roughly.

For example, in October Sony decided to restrict Jelly Bean to devices that have been released in 2012, with its Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V being first in line for the update.

Many popular handsets are still waiting for the Android Jelly Bean update, such as Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S3. In the United States, Sprint is the only carrier to offer the long-awaited Android update. Poland was the first nation to get the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3, with it then spreading to South Korea and Europe.

However, some smartphone shoppers may be luckier than others when it comes to getting the software update. Samsung’s most recent release, its smartphone-tablet hybrid the Galaxy Note 2, comes with Jelly Bean right out of the box.

Google unveiled Jelly Bean in June at its I/O developer’s conference, revealing the new features that come with its latest Android iteration. Jelly Bean includes Google Now, which features smart cards that appear throughout the day as users need them, showing information on weather, traffic, places, etc.

Android Beam lets users share photos and videos instantly , and provides the ability to connect a smartphone or tablet to a Bluetooth device with ease.  Other features included improvements in native apps such as Camera, Calendar, News and Weather, and Face Unlock capabilities. 

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