A graph showing the breakdown of Android operating system market shares based on devices accessing Google Play store. (Photo : Google)
If you're waiting for your device to receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, you might have a wait ahead of you. Despite several companies coming out and saying they are hard at work on rolling out Jelly Bean to consumers, a recent report by Google shows how the world is still playing catch up to the previous version, Ice Cream Sandwich.
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Jelly Bean currently holds a 0.8 percent market share after first hitting devices around July. Ice Cream Sandwich has hit 15.8 percent after being released back in 2011.
The statistics are based on Google's own observation over 14 days, ending on August 1, of devices accessing the Google Play store.
Android version 2.3, Gingerbread, continues to be the most popular version at 60.3 percent market share.
The reason for such a staggered fragmentation of Android releases is the nature of Android itself. Google creates the basic vanilla versions, which then goes to the phone manufacturers who tailor it to their devices. The update must then be given to the phone carriers, who distribute to those on their network.
So far, Jelly Bean is available only on a handful of devices, including the ZTE N880E, which comes pre-installed with, and Google's very own tablet, the Nexus 7.
Other companies have been quick to say they are working on it without giving any specific release timeframe.
Samsung is hard at work in getting the Jelly Bean out to its incredibly popular Galaxy S3 smartphone. Initial testing of the Jelly Bean operating system on its older smartphone, the Galaxy S2 has been going well, according to SamMobile.
Phone manufacturer HTC also said that it is working on a Jelly Bean update for the One S, One X, and One XL phones.
Tablets are also set to receive the Jelly Bean, with companies ASUS, Acer, Toshiba, and Motorola all stating they are planning on releasing an upgrade in the future.
Sony had previously falsely said that Xperia smartphones from 2011 would not be seeing a Jelly Bean update, but the statement was later redacted by the company.