Last month saw the departure of Donut and Eclair and we are still waiting for Kit Kat to make an appearance, however in the meantime it looks like Jelly Bean is gaining some ground. Coming by way of the most recent Android distribution report, Jelly Bean has moved up to 48.6 percent. This was up from the September report, which had Jelly Bean sitting with a combined total of 45.1 percent.

While this was a relatively small month-to-month jump, it does have Jelly Bean closing in on the 50 percent mark. The breakdown this time around had 4.1.x with 36.5 percent, 4.2.x with 10.6 percent and 4.3 with 1.5 percent. In comparison to September, 4.1.x had 36.6 percent and 4.2.x had 8.5 percent. This month is the first time we are seeing Android 4.3 make an appearance.


Aside from Jelly Bean, the remaining numbers break down as follows ;

  • Android 4.0.3 – 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich — 20.6 percent
  • Android 3.2, Honeycomb — 0.1 percent
  • Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7, Gingerbread — 28.5 percent
  • Android 2.2, Froyo — 2.2 percent

Again, looking in comparison to the previous month and we see a drop almost across the board. Honeycomb has been holding to that tiny 0.1 percent, however the remaining three have all seen small drops. Interestingly enough, Gingerbread still accounts for more than a quarter of all Android usage at this time. It is dropping though, having gone from 30.7 percent in September to 28.5 percent this month.

Looking forward we only expect Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich usage to drop while Jelly Bean continues to rise. While we are not expecting to see Kit Kat in the November report, it will hopefully make an appearance before the end of the year. Until then, it looks like Jelly Bean may soon be cresting that 50 percent mark.

SOURCE: Google