As compared to iOS adoption among users, the pace at which Google’s latest Android updates reaches the users have been quite sluggish, but according to the latest Android stats it seems like Jelly Bean continues to grow at a much faster rate at the expense of previous versions.

While the most popular flavour of Android on the market continues to be Gingerbread with it holding 38.4% of the market, Jelly Bean combined with Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean (2.3%) and Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean (26.1%) accounts for 28.4% share. Coming at third is Android’s Ice Cream which has a 27.5% share.


To find accurate Android adoption among users, these stats were based on “data collected during a 14-day period ending on May 1, 2013” and use of a different algorithm by Google that focuses on Google Play Store visits to count the Android device rather than their data from Google’s server.

This is the first time Jelly Bean’s reach has exceeded Ice Cream Sandwich, and that too at an impressive rate. According to last Android stats presented by Google in March, Jelly Bean had gained 16.5% share while Ice Cream Sandwich had 28.6% of the market.

With major releases of devices like the HTC One and SGS IV as well as newer Android devices getting latest updates, Jelly Bean adoption will surely get a big boost and by the end of the year, Jelly Bean might even grab more share than Gingerbread to become the most dominant OS. With next update of Android expected to be yet another iteration of Jelly Bean v4.3, the dominancy of the platform might continue to get stronger the next year as well. Out of curiosity sake, are you still using Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich featured device?