Fragmentation has always been a big issue with Android OS, one that it has been criticized for by its competitors. The primary reason for that is since a lot of manufactures make Android devices, not all of them are compatible with the latest firmware that Google releases. So as more and more devices come out in the market, the more fragmented things get. Google often releases the numbers of Android adoption, and its latest report reveals that 49 percent of all Android devices are now running on Jelly Bean.
The newest Jelly Bean release, Android 4.3, only accounts for 1.3 percent of all devices now. That’s because this update is still in the process of being rolled out. It hasn’t been that long since it was announced, and the update was initially only made available for Nexus devices. As the update gets rolled out, and new devices that come with it preinstalled flood the market, we’re bound to see adoption numbers for Android 4.3 go up. Android 4.2.1 is the most widespread version, covering 36.5 percent of all devices. Gingerbread, which is quite an old version of the OS, still accounts for a whopping 28.5 percent of all Android devices. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich comes in with 20.6 percent of the pie. Google’s next OS update is Android 4.4 KitKat, which is expected to be released later this month alongside the new Nexus smartphone.