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The Sugar Rush Of Jelly Bean Powers More Than 10 Percent Of Android Devices


Written by  Sudheer Raju | 07 January 2013
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jellybeanSince the launch of Android Jelly Bean, the distribution share of devices on the OS has more than doubled to over 10% as per the recent data released on Android blog. This can help one understand the landscape of device distribution and decide how to prioritize the development of their application features for the devices currently in the hands of users.

The data is based on the number of Android devices that accessed Google Play within a 14-day period ending as on 01st Jan, 2013. The data reveals that the combined share of Jelly Bean 4.1 and 4.2 accounts for 10.2% of android devices while the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) accounts to 29.1% of devices.

Devices running the prior versions of the android OS like Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Honeycomb are all well under 10% each and the one being run the most is Gingerbread with a distribution share of 47.4%.

If you develop your application for the version that is at the very top of the chart, then your application is compatible with 100% of active devices (and all future versions), because all Android APIs are forward compatible. Or, if you develop your application for a version lower on the chart, then it is currently compatible with the percentage of devices indicated on the y-axis, where the line for that version meets the y-axis on the right.

 

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Jelly Bean 4.2 has seen considerable features like Photo Sphere that can capture 360 degree images and create immersive Photo Spheres which can be easily shared on Google+, Multi-User support, switching between accounts, mirroring phone screen to HDTV with wireless adapter and others. Apple meanwhile has also launched iOS6 to its credit which is second to none. The rivalry of Google and Apple OR Android vs iOS is well documented and will be interesting to see how the the face-off between them looks like in 2013.

Sudheer Raju

Sudheer Raju

Founder of ToolsJournal, a technology journal on software tools and services. Sudheer has overall accountability for the webiste product development and is responsible for Sales and Marketing. With a flair to write, Sudheer himself writes for toolsjournal across all journal categories.


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