Android Jelly Bean adoption finally eclipses Gingerbread

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Consumer adoption of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1.x and 4.2.x, jointly nicknamed Jelly Bean, has finally surpassed adoption of version 2.3.x, a.k.a. Gingerbread, released to users in late 2010.

Google's Android Developers dashboard reveals that as of July 8, 37.9 percent of all Android devices run Jelly Bean, up from 33 percent in early June. Version 4.1.x, released in July 2012, powers 32.3 percent of devices, with 4.2.x (issued last November) making up the remaining 5.6 percent. Android 2.3.x now fuels 34.1 percent of devices worldwide, down from 36.5 percent last month.

Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich, issued in October 2011, now powers 23.3 percent of devices, slipping from 25.6 percent a month ago. The remaining Android versions, including 2.1 Éclair, 2.2 Froyo and 3.2 Honeycomb, make up the remaining 4.7 percent of the current Android ecosystem.

The fragmentation of the Android platform continues to pose significant challenges for developers building applications and services for Google-powered smartphones and tablets. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook blasted Android fragmentation during the company's annual Worldwide Developer Conference last month: "This isn't just bad for users… this version fragmentation is terrible for developers," Cook said.

A recent Juniper Networks report also blames Android fragmentation for the operating system's security vulnerabilities, noting that the vast majority of devices run older versions of Android, preventing them from receiving new security measures delivered by Google and leaving users exposed to threats.

At Google's own I/O conference in May, Android engineering staffers said they are working diligently to ensure that operating system updates are rolled out in a more efficient manner, reducing the fragmentation that has plagued the platform since its inception. "[Fragmentation] is something we think about a lot," said Dave Burke, engineering director for the Android platform. "And we're working internally to streamline the development process and make the software more layered."

For more:
- visit Google's Android Developers dashboard

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