Latest Google android version Jelly Bean is slowly picking up and its two updates have surpassed the 30 percent mark of the total android market, as per the recently released reports by Google. Total of 33.2% of Android users are using Jelly Bean’s 4.1 and 4.2 altogether. But interestingly, the majority of users are still hooked to its older version Gingerbread. A total of 36.5% android users haven’t updated their devices and are using Gingerbread that was released in December 2010 with a later update in February 2011.
Other than Jelly Bean and Gingerbread, 25.6% users are using Ice Cream Sandwich, 0.1% are on Honeycomb and 3.2% are still stuck with Froyo.
One significant reason of people being stuck with older versions is the rooting of Android devices, as when rooted, its OS doesn’t support any updates. Rooting allow mobile devices and tablets, running on Android OS to modify or delete the system files and attain privileged control like downloading of paid apps on the device. The term ‘Android Rooting’ is a synonym of ‘Jailbreak’ on an iOS device.
The data was collected by Google on during a 14-day period which ended on June 3. As per Google, these charts were built using data from devices when a user visits Google Play Store. However, previously Google generated these statistics by simply scrutinizing the number of devices checked in to a Google server. Therefore the current reports reflects mainly those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.
Keeping this in mind, it is quite possible that these statistics are slightly inaccurate, but for an app developer to target users, the reports seem to be highly beneficial.