News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday July 09, 2013.
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Android 2.3 Gingerbread has long reigned as the most commonly used version of Android despite being released in late 2010. The old version has finally been supplanted by a more current platform level, Android 4.1 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The two API levels for Jelly Bean combine to account for 37.9 percent of all Android visits to Google Play, making it the most prevalent version of Android.
Gingerbread has only 34.1 percent of installations according to the Platform Versions chart that tracks officially sanctioned devices that access Google Play. The number remains so high because despite debuting in December of 2010, Android 2.3 has continued to be the software of choice even for devices released as recently as 2013. Entry level and midrange devices that target prepaid customers in the U.S. and buyers in developing markets are still sold with Gingerbread because the software better supports lower-end hardware specifications. There was no incentive to make those products run up-to-date software.
Android 4.1 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean have managed to overtake Android 2.3 Gingerbread because Google redefined the way it tracks devices and Jelly Bean became more prevalent with the release of more smartphones. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC One, and LG Optimus G Pro have increased the install base of Android 4.1 or later, and updates to devices sold in 2012 like the Samsung Galaxy S III have helped push the Jelly Bean population higher. With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich reaching 23.3 percent of the population, 61 percent of Android devices run Android 4.0 or later.source: Google
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.