Android 4.1, JellyBean Now Being Used on 12 Percent of Handsets

Android 4.1, JellyBean is now being used on 12 percent of all Android devices, according to the latest data from Google's dashboard.

The company updated its Android Dashboard yesterday in order show what builds of the software were being used the most. The most used Android build was Android 2.3, Gingerbread which is on almost 50 percent of devices. Ice Cream Sandwich is on 29 percent of devices followed by the growing Android 4.1, JellyBean build.

The least used Android platform is 1.6, Donut which is only on 0.2 percent of devices. Éclair is being used on 2.2 percent, Froyo is being used on 8.1 percent, and Honeycomb is being used on just 1 percent.

The data was compiled by examining Android devices that accessed Google Play within a 14-day period ending Feb. 4. JellyBean finally crossed the 10 percent mark last month and Gingerbread fell slightly below the 50 percent mark. Ice Cream Sandwich also dropped 1 percent during the last four weeks.

Gingerbread's use appears to be shrinking as customers ditch their old Galaxy S2s and original Notes for the newer models, or upgrade to new software.

Many devices such as the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note are already updating to Android 4.1, JellyBean. Once all the rollouts for the software are complete, the JellyBean percentage will be even higher. The next time the data is compiled that platform should see significant growth.

Ice Cream Sandwich seemed to be on a path to become the dominant Android OS, but at the rate JellyBean is moving at it looks like it might be eclipsed.

Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich debuted in Nov. of 2011 while Android 4.1, JellyBean was unveiled in mid-2012.