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Ten percent of Android devices have gobbled up Jelly Bean

Ten percent of Android devices have gobbled up Jelly Bean

Ten percent of Android devices have gobbled up Jelly Bean

Google released its latest set of Android usage statistics on Friday, revealing that Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 and 4.2) is now on 10.2 percent of Android devices.

The statistics were calculated by examining the devices that accessed the Google Play store over a 14-day period ending Jan. 3.

In addition to Jelly Bean's 10.2 percent, Ice Cream Sandwich has 29.1 percent, Honeycomb has 1.5 percent, and Gingerbread ha s 47.6 percent.

Earlier versions of Android, including Froyo, Eclair and Donut, still account collectively for 11.6 percent of Android devices.

Jelly Bean growing faster than ICS

Android dominated the smartphone market throughout 2012, both in the U.S. and internationally.

The Google OS's expanding hold on the market may help explain why Jelly Bean has been adopted more quickly than Ice Cream Sandwich was.

Jelly Bean gained 10 percent of the market share in the almost six months since its release in July, while after almost eight months Ice Cream Sandwich was still on just 7.1 percent of devices.

As The Verge pointed out on Friday, Jelly Bean's faster adoption rate may also be related to the relatively minor changes it made to Ice Cream Sandwich, which was a more drastic update over its predecessors.

In comparison with the shift to Ice Cream Sandwich, upgrading to Jelly Bean is relatively painless.

Nevertheless, like Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich adoption is up significantly overall, with the older Gingerbread finally dropping below 50 percent of the total Android market.

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