Android Jelly Bean Scoots Past Gingerbread in Market Share for First Time

Google's developer dashboard for Android reveals that Jelly Bean is now the most popular version of the company's open source operating system, finally eclipsing Gingerbread to take the top spot. Jelly Bean is installed on more than a third of all Android devices (37.9 percent for versions 4.1.x and 4.2.x combined), and so is Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3 - 2.3.7) at 34.1 percent, though the two OSes are moving in opposite directions.

The data is based on the number of devices that visited Google Play in the past 14 days so it's not 100 percent accurate, though it's the best representation of the Android market available.

Android Chart
Source: Google

Jelly Bean has found its stride, and that's great news for developers who no longer have to choose between tweaking apps for the most popular or most current version of Android, as they're now one and the same. It's also been a long time coming. Jelly Bean made its debut on the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet, both released on November 13, 2012, and has been slow to overtake a version of the OS that's now several generations behind.

Now that it has, Key Lime Pie (Android 5.0) is on the horizon, potentially starting this whole process anew.