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Google's Android Jelly Bean surpasses Gingerbread OS for first time ever

Android Jelly Bean is now the most popular version of Google's mobile operating system, surpassing Gingerbread for the first time.

According to stats published this week, Jelly Bean is now running on 37.9 per cent of Android devices. Gingerbread lands at 34.1 per cent, followed by Ice Cream Sandwich at 23.3 per cent.

Last month, approximately 33 per cent of Android users were on Jelly Bean, 25.6 per cent were on Ice Cream Sandwich, and 36.5 per cent were on Gingerbread.

Jelly Bean first topped Ice Cream Sandwich back in May, when approximately 28.4 per cent of Android devices were running Jelly Bean, beating out ICS at 27.5 per cent.

Very few Android devices are running the earliest versions of the mobile OS at this point. About 3.1 per cent are on Froyo, 1.4 per cent have Éclair, and 0.1 per cent are running Donut (as well as the tablet-centric Honeycomb).

At least two high-profile Android Jelly Bean devices have debuted in recent months: the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

In late May, Samsung said it had shipped more than 10 million Galaxy S4 devices, a number that has reportedly now reached 20 million.

Last month, Samsung rival Apple took a swipe at Android fragmentation by adding a pie chart to its website that said 93 per cent were using iOS 6, six per cent were on iOS 5, and one per cent were on an earlier iOS. The pie chart was clearly a nod to the charts featured on Google's Android developer website.

Google will reportedly unveil the next version of Android, Key Lime Pie, in October, which is the fifth anniversary of the launch of the first Android-based phone, the T-Mobile G1, aka the HTC Dream.