Android 'Jelly Bean' now installed on 10% of devices
But fragmentation still
The latest version of Android is now present on one in ten devices running the OS, new Google figures distributed to developers have shown.
Nearly six months after it was released, Jelly Bean version 4.1 has reached a device share of 9.0 percent, Google said, with the slightly more recent 4.2, released in November 2012, now at 1.2 percent.
This still leaves Android a resolutely fragmented operating system, with Gingerbread (versions 2.3.3 and 2.3.7), which appeared in February 2011, the commonest incarnation with a 47.4 percent share.
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The second most common version is Ice Cream Sandwich, which appeared in December 2011, on 29.1 percent.
Although the older versions are falling in popularity, this is happening relatively slowly and still depends on the upgrade cycle offered by handset makers and networks, and consumers buying new handsets.
At least the first versions of Android are now dwindling, with Donut (1.6), Éclair (2.1) and Froyo (2.2) on a combined share of 11.6 percent.
In a separate blog, Google engineer Dan Morrill has published the early 2007 visuals he worked up for robot figure that would signify the Android operating system.
The before and after – once professional designer Irina Blok had reworked them into the Android robot we know today - is striking.
“I am Ozydandius of Droid. Look on my works, ye mighty, and LOL,” announces Morrill, gamely mocking his own attempt.
“They had a brief flurry of minor popularity amongst the team - enough to pick up the nickname "Dandroids."