News by Andrew Kameka on Friday August 02, 2013.
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Much has been made about the supposed Android fragmentation in recent months, but the important thing to remember is that the features that most users want to access are available on their smartphones. Also of note, the number of devices running more modern versions of Android continues to climb. Android 4.1 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean now account for 40 percent of Google Play visits, up from 37.9 percent last month.
Jelly Bean took the crown of most prevalent version of Android last month when it unseated Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Little has changed in the Platform Versions Chart since. Gingerbread is still second with 33.1 percent, down from 37.9; Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has 22.5 percent, down from 23.3; and the older versions have a combined share less than 5 percent.
Google has worked to make the version of Android matter less by introducing features that are backwards compatible and making incremental improvements to Android. It has tried and failed to make manufacturers deliver timely updates to smartphones, so users still have to wait to get those new features, but major revisions in Android 4.0 or later are available to most smartphone and tablet owners.
(Note: Android 4.3 was announced too late last month to appear in the charts)source: Google
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.