Another month means another 30 days of Android phones being sold with or getting updated to Android Jelly Bean software. Google’s data for the month ending July 31 says that 40.5 percent of Android devices are running Android 4.1 or better, which helps developers target their apps for this subset of devices.
Helping to get devices off of Gingerbread, or Android 2.3, is a number of new phones that come with Jelly Bean pre-installed. Handset makers have also been pushing out software updates to devices of late as Google has slowed down the pace of change with Android.
Instead of major new Android revisions, Google has added new features, software APIs and functions available through Google services. That allows a wider range of devices to improve without requiring consumers to run newer versions of Android. It’s a smart play by Google and is surely helping to reduce issues caused by multiple Android versions for smartphones and tablets.
At this rate, I expect Jelly Bean will be on 50 percent or more devices within 3 months. At that point, things get interesting again as Google is expected to introduce Android 5.0, or Key Lime Pie, later this year.