Google's Android Jelly Bean surpasses 40% 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 40 percent in July 2013.

Google's Android Developers dashboard reveals that as of Aug. 1, 40.5 percent of all Android devices run Jelly Bean, up from 37.9 percent in early July. Version 4.1.x, released in July 2012, powers 34 percent of devices, with 4.2.x (issued last November) making up the remaining 6.5 percent.

Android 2.3.x, a.k.a. Gingerbread--released in late 2010--still fuels 33.1 percent of devices worldwide, down from 34.1 percent last month. Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich, issued in October 2011, powers 22.5 percent of devices, slipping from 23.3 percent a month ago. The remaining Android versions, including 2.1 Éclair, 2.2 Froyo and 3.2 Honeycomb, make up the remaining 3.9 percent of the current Android ecosystem.

Google released Android 4.3 last week, 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.

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 report issued earlier this week 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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