Jelly Bean Android versions 4.1 and 4.2 continues their upward march and are now installed on over 45 per cent of total Android devices in the wild, as per the latest figures of Android Platform Data. The other two large Android versions – Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich – are still going down but command over 52 per cent of the total Android device share between them.
The Android 4.3, which was released along with new Nexus 7 tablet, is still nowhere to be seen in the platform data, probably because of the very tiny share in the larger Android ecosystem.
Google has also revealed that it has made a small change to its Android platform data tracking and it no longer counts devices running versions older than Android 2.2 as they don’t support the new Play Store app, which is used to for the measurement. Considering last month’s platform data, versions older than Android 2.2 will be present on around 1 per cent of the total Android devices currently active in the world.
“Beginning in September, 2013, devices running versions older than Android 2.2 do not appear in this data because those devices do not support the new Google Play Store app. Only the new app is able to measure the number of devices that actively visit Google Play Store and we believe this measurement best reflects your potential user-base,” the company noted.