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Android Jelly Bean finally overtakes Gingerbread

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Android Jelly Bean - now the leading version

Android Jelly Bean has overtaken Android Gingerbread as the most popular version of Google's mobile OS in use around the world.

Google regularly posts updated statistics on the official Android developers' website, and as recently as last month Android Gingerbread was the dominant version. Given that this iteration dates back to 2011, it wasn't an ideal situation.

The latest results are in, though, and versions 4.1 and 4.2 of Android - aka Jelly Bean - are now installed on 37.9 percent of Android devices. This is enough to finally nudge the latest version ahead of Gingerbread by a little under four percent.

Ice Cream Sandwich, the previous iteration of Android, holds onto third place with a diminished presence on 23.3 percent of Android devices.

It's taken Android Jelly Bean almost exactly a year to become the dominant version of the OS, which will be fuel for those (mainly Apple iOS using) naysayers who complain of Android fragmentation.

Indeed, with the next version of Google's mobile OS, Android Key Lime Pie, just around the corner, Jelly Bean will soon be in the position Gingerbread was in up until a few days ago. It'll be an outdated version of Android with the largest slice of the market.

Key Lime Pie's precise release schedule is not known at this point. It failed to make an appearance at May's Google I/O event. The latest rumours suggest that it will be launched in October alongside a brand new Nexus 5 handset.

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