Google's breakdown of Android operating systems accessing Google Play. (Photo : Google)
If you've been an Android user tied to a carrier then you probably know how long it takes for updates roll out. After the tiring developmental process, some phones never even see the latest version. A new report by Google shows that only 1.2 percent of those accessing the Google Play store are running the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean.
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Google states that the data collected is from 14 days that ended on September 4, 2012.
A previous, similar report released by Google in the beginning of August showed that 0.8 percent of Google Play access was done through the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The new report essentially states that there has been 0.4 percent increase in Jelly Bean users.
The most popular Android version is still Android 2.3 Gingerbread with 57.2 percent, according to the report. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which was released last year, still only commands 20.8 percent.
Most of the 0.8 percent of devices that are running Jelly Bean are probably the Google Nexus 7 tablet or the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was officially launched by Google back in late-June. As of now, it is only available on a handful of devices. The most high-profile Jelly Bean device at the moment is Google's own Nexus 7. Samsung is planning on releasing the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 2 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before the end of the year. The Korean company is also planning on updating the Galaxy S3.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is not a complete overhaul of the Android operating system, but it does introduce a smoother interface as well as new features like Google's own Siri-like voice assistant called Google Now.
Manufacturers of tablets and smartphones receive a vanilla version of Android and then tailor the operating system to their specific devices. Then, the Android update goes to wireless carriers (unless you have an unlocked phone that can receive over-the-air updates directly from Google) who have to approve and distribute the update to their consumers.