Jelly Bean Jumps to 25% Adoption after Google Changes Tracking Method

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Jelly Bean Jumps to 25% Adoption after Google Changes Tracking MethodEach month Android provides new distribution numbers showing how each version of the dessert-named operating system is fairing in terms of use. For those of you that like to keep abreast of these numbers, the routine breakdown is nothing particularly new; however, this month’s figures have revealed a pretty dramatic increase for Jelly Bean – one that is not in keeping with data from March.

On the Android developer site, Jelly Bean 4.1+ is shown as being used on 25% of all devices, a huge month over month increase from March where total number of users was put at 16.5%. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has also seen a small increase (28.6% to 29.3%); while Google’s most popular OS, 2.3 Gingerbread, has dropped from 44% to below the 40% mark. The other numbers are as follows: 2.2 Froyo (4%), 2.1 Éclair (1.7%), and 1.6 Donut (0.1%).

So why the big jump for Jelly Bean? Well, it has not suddenly become “buy Android Jelly Bean month;” it is actually to do with how Google calculates its figures.

The company explains the changes on its website:

Note: Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store. Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.

The move makes a lot of sense, but one could argue that data should have been collected like this anyway given the fact it is those users that are most engaged that are the likeliest to discover and purchase apps. Of course, if you are looking for numbers that give an accurate picture of which Android versions of being used, this new collection method kind of twists data; however, for developers the figures are very favorable.

Future data will give a better insight into the growth of Jelly Bean overall, but whichever way you look at these stats, it seems clear that we may finally be starting to put the days of Gingerbread behind us.

– Anthony Carter

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