The inevitable has happened, where Android-powered smartphones that run on the Jelly Bean platform has finally caught up with the long standing version champion, Gingerbread. The latest set of Android platform numbers would be able to help guide developers in decisions concerning the kind of features to offer, in addition to the levels of the Android API that one should use when developing for the platform. Not only that, this month has shown additional growth for Jelly Bean, where it looks as though it should overtake Gingerbread by the time June ends as the dominant operating system version.
Chances are the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S4 across multiple carriers is the main factor that caused an explosion of Jelly Bean figures, as the Galaxy S4 shipped with Android 4.2.2 right out of the box. As of May 1st, Jelly Bean holds 28.4% of the Android ecosystem, while Gingerbread maintains their ever narrowing lead at 38.4%. The latest set of figures show that Jelly Bean is up almost 5% to kick off June with 33%, while Gingerbread has slipped to 36.5%. Developers, you know which side your bread will be buttered on from next month onwards. [Android Developer’s Page]