October was the month we saw Android 4.3 first make an appearance in the Android usage numbers released by Google. Android 4.3 entered with 1.5 percent of the pie and that has grown to 2.3 percent for the month of November. And while 4.3 grew individually, Jelly Bean usage also grew as a whole. In fact, Jelly Bean has risen over the 50 percent milestone.

We cannot help but get a bit snarky given Jelly Bean has finally crested 50 percent — almost the same day we have begun seeing 4.4 Kit Kat arrive with the Nexus 5 (and soon to be on other devices). For now though, there is no sign of any Kit Kat on this latest Android usage report. Breaking Jelly Bean down and we have 4.1.x with 37.3 percent, 4.2.x with 12.5 percent and 4.3 with 2.3 — making for a total of 52.1 percent.

In comparison, that is up last month from 45.1 percent with the breakdown as follows; 4.1.x with 36.5, 4.2.x with 10.6 and 4.3 with 1.5 percent. Basically, Jelly Bean usage grew as a whole and over the three variants. One interesting and slightly frustrating number was for Gingerbread, which is still holding strong with more than a quarter of the overall usage.


Gingerbread, which breaks down as 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 had 26.3 percent for November. Thankfully though, that number did drop a bit as compared to October, which had Gingerbread sitting with 28.5 percent. Otherwise, the full breakdown for the month of October is as follows;

  • Android 2.2 – Froyo – 1.7 percent
  • Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 – Gingerbread – 26.3 percent
  • Android 3.2 – Honeycomb – 0.1 percent
  • Android 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 – Ice Cream Sandwich – 19.8 percent
  • Android 4.1.x – Jelly Bean – 37.3 percent
  • Android 4.2.x – Jelly Bean – 12.5 percent
  • Android 4.3 – Jelly Bean – 2.3 percent

Similar to Gingerbread, but not quite so high in terms of usage, Ice Cream Sandwich is holding quite a bit of the pie. Given the 0.1 percent (which, coincidentally was the same as last month), Gingerbread doesn’t appear to have much longer left in the overall usage number reports. The last departures came in September when Donut and Elciar dropped off for good. Of course, by that logic, it would appear as if Froyo is going down the same path.

SOURCE: Google Developers


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