Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich deployment up but Gingerbread still dominates Android devices

Newer versions of Android are slowly picking up steam, but Gingerbread is still hanging on and can be found on almost 56 per cent of all Android-based devices.

According to recently released statistics on the Android Developers dashboard (see image, top), only about 1.8 per cent of Android devices are running the most recent version of the mobile OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. About 23.7 per cent of gadgets now have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

That's up slightly from last month, when ICS had 20.9 per cent of the market and Jelly Bean had 1.2 per cent. Gingerbread dipped a bit from 57.5 per cent in September, but still dominates.

The tablet-centric Android Honeycomb barely edged out Jelly Bean with 1.9 per cent of the market as of the beginning of October.

The news comes shortly after HTC announced that its latest flagship Android smartphone, the One X+, will arrive preloaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Samsung is also in the process of providing UK users of its sought-after Galaxy S3 handset with an official Jelly Bean update.

However, a recent survey from Appcelerator and IDC revealed that the majority of mobile app developers prefer to work with Apple's iOS than Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone platforms. Those shying away from Android cited fragmentation as one of the reasons. For more on that, see the guest blog on developer issues in the fragmented Android market, penned by David Akka, MD of Magic Software.

Apple recently released iOS 6 and within hours, approximately 15 per cent of users were using the upgraded OS, according to early findings. Apple, however, only offers the iPhone and controls the updates itself, whereas multiple handset makers offer Android devices and those upgrades are in the hands of the carriers.