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Android 4.1, JellyBean is now being used on 25 percent of all Android devices.
The Android build still trails behind Ice Cream Sandwich which is used on 29.3 percent of devices and the highest used version, Gingerbread which is on around 40 percent, according to data collected by Android Developers.
The older versions of Android were the least used platforms including Donut, Éclair, Honeycomb and Froyo. Honeycomb is being used on 0.2 percent, Froyo on 4 percent, Éclair on 1.7 percent, and Donut is least used on 0.1 percent of Android devices.
This data was compiled using the total number of users of various Android firmware. It allows developers and news writers to have something to base their projects and reports on and is more accurate than the older methods of finding the most popular Android build.
The current method only shows the firmware of active Android devices that visit the Google Play store and yields a better result.
Android Developers states that the new way of data collection "reflects the percentage of those that use the Android and Google Play most "as compared to the old method of tallying those who only use the Google servers. By switching methods, JellyBean was found on more Android devices overall, jumping from 16.5 percent to 25 percent.
With the release of new devices coming with Android 4.1, JellyBean pre-installed and updates rolling out, that number should continue to grow at a rapid pace while most of the other builds will continue to shrink. JellyBean will begin to shrink once Android 5.0, Key Lime Pie is released later this year.