Well, the inevitable has finally happened, where Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system is now ahead of its predecessor, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version in mobile devices that run on the Android platform. Both Android 4.1 as well as Android 4.2 Jelly Bean have a combined share of 28.4% running on active devices, while Ice Cream Sandwich occupies second place, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread still remaining tops.
This would mean that the number of active devices running Jelly Bean have risen by 3.4% in April, surpassing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which stands at 27.5%, according to Google’s recently published monthly user numbers. Unfortunately, Jelly Bean’s growing adoption rate was not enough to overtake the declining Android 2.3 Gingerbread’s market share, where despite dropping 1.7%, it still occupies a 38.5% stake overall. We can only see Jelly Bean growing from strength to strength in the weeks and months ahead. I suppose if we were to fast forward time by a year or two, you can replace the “actors” here with Key Lime Pie and the ilk.