Google's Android Jelly Bean eclipses 45% adoption

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Consumer adoption of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1.x and 4.2.x, jointly nicknamed Jelly Bean, surpassed 45 percent in August 2013.

Google's Android Developers dashboard reveals that as of Sept. 4, 45.1 percent of all Android devices run Jelly Bean, up from 40.5 percent in early August. Version 4.1.x, released in July 2012, powers 36.6 percent of devices, with 4.2.x (issued last November) making up the remaining 8.5 percent.

Android 2.3.x, a.k.a. Gingerbread--released in late 2010--still fuels 30.7 percent of devices worldwide, down from 33.1 percent last month. Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich, issued in October 2011, powers 21.7 percent of devices, slipping from 22.5 percent a month ago. The remaining versions, Android 2.2 Froyo and 3.2 Honeycomb, make up the remaining 2.5 percent of the current Android ecosystem.

Google released Android 4.3 in late July, highlighted by the introduction of user profiles, Bluetooth enhancements, gaming improvements and new content-protection technologies. This latest iteration of Jelly Bean is rolling out in tandem with the company's new Nexus 7 tablet. Android 4.3 has not registered on the Android Developers dashboard.

Earlier this week, Google revealed the next iteration of Android, dubbed version 4.4, will arrive with the nickname KitKat in honor of the popular Nestle chocolate bar. Google and Nestle agreed to the branding partnership earlier this year: The Swiss firm will ship more than 50 million KitKat bars featuring the Android mascot to 19 international markets including the U.S., U.K., Brazil, India, Japan and Russia.

The fragmentation of the open-source Android platform continues to pose significant challenges for developers building applications and services for Google-powered smartphones and tablets. The number of distinct devices running various Android OS versions tripled from 4,000 to 12,000 over the past 12 months, according to a recent report issued by crowdsourced carrier coverage mapping firm OpenSignal. By comparison, 95 percent of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices run the current iOS 6.

For more:
- visit Google's Android Developers dashboard

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