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Android Jelly Bean trumps Ice Cream Sandwich in new Google study

The most recent version of Android's operating system, Jelly Bean, has now topped its predecessor, Ice Cream Sandwich, but Gingerbread still reigns supreme.

As of 1 May, approximately 28.4 per cent of Android devices were running Jelly Bean, beating out Ice Cream Sandwich at 27.5 per cent. About 26.1 per cent of gadgets are on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, while 2.3 per cent are on Android 4.2.

Still, Gingerbread is hanging on with 38.5 per cent of Android gadgets, down from 39.8 per cent from last month.

Last month, Google changed the way it displayed Android data, basing it on data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play store rather than when the device checks in to Google servers. That helped bump Jelly Bean to 16.5 per cent in March to 25 per cent in April.

The earliest versions of Android are slowing going away, with Froyo running on 3.7 per cent of devices, Eclair on 1.7 per cent, and Donut (and the tablet-centric Honeycomb) on 0.1 per cent.

The second half of April saw the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, which runs Android 4.2.2. The new HTC One, meanwhile, runs Android 4.1.2.

According to recent stats from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Android captured 49.3 per cent of US smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2013, up from 47.9 per cent during the same time period last year.

At number two, Apple's iOS captured 43.7 per cent of the market during the quarter, down from 44.6 per cent last year. Windows Phone, meanwhile, grew from 3.7 per cent at end of March 2012 to 5.6 per cent during the first three months of 2013, Kantar said.