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Android Jelly Bean now on 10% of devices

The latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Jelly Bean, now features on more than 10 per cent of Android devices. But most gadgets are still running the search giant's much earlier OS, known as Gingerbread.

As of 3 January, about 9 per cent of Android devices were running Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean, and 1.2 per cent had the more recent Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, according to statistics from Google. Both versions are considered Jelly Bean, however, so Google's most recent OS now tops 10.2 per cent. That's up from 6.7 per cent in December 2012.

In the past month or so, the Jelly Bean update has rolled out to a number of Android devices, including the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy S3, and the upgraded Nexus 7 also now runs version 4.2.

The previous version, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, still has a leg up on Jelly Bean, with 29.1 per cent of the market. The share of phones with ICS has been growing in recent months, up from 25.8 per cent in November 2012.

But at this point, version 2.3 Gingerbread still reigns supreme, though its share continues to decline. About 47.6 per cent of Android devices are running Gingerbread, but the OS is finally below the 50 per cent mark. In December 2012, it was at 50.8 per cent.

About 9 per cent of devices are still running Android 2.2 Froyo, while 2.4 per cent are hanging on to Eclair, and 0.2 per cent can't let go of the original version of Android, Donut.