Google's Android Jelly Bean OS continues domination

Android Jelly Bean adoption continues to grow after recently surpassing Gingerbread for the first time.

According to new stats, Jelly Bean (versions 4.1.x and 4.2.x) was running on 40.5 per cent of Android devices as of 1 August. Gingerbread landed at 33.1 per cent, followed by Ice Cream Sandwich at 22.5 per cent.

Jelly Bean first topped Gingerbread in June, according to last month's stats. At that time, approximately 37.9 per cent of Android users were on Jelly Bean, while 34.1 per cent were on Gingerbread, and 23.3 per cent were still running Ice Cream Sandwich.

At this point, very few Android devices are still running the earliest versions of the mobile OS. Around 2.5 per cent are on Froyo, while 1.2 per cent have Éclair, and just 0.1 per cent are running Donut (as well as the tablet-centric Honeycomb).

Google just last week unveiled the much-anticipated Moto X phone, which will run Android 4.2.2 at launch. Spokespeople did not have any timetables on a possible bump to Android 4.3, which launched last month on the new Nexus 7.

The next major update to Android, codenamed Key Lime Pie, is expected in October, though Google has made no announcements yet. This will likely contribute more to the phenomenon known as Android fragmentation, though a recent report argued that fragmentation actually has its benefits.

Meanwhile, the Android platform overall is still going strong, with a 65 per cent lead over all other mobile operating systems, according to new stats from Strategy Analytics. The report tipped a growing global smartphone market, up 47 per cent year over year for a total 230 million units shipped in the second quarter.

Android was the greatest benefactor of the uptick, having captured a record 80 per cent share of the global smartphone OS market.