Six months after its release, the latest figures from Google show that Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean is on 10% of devices that recently accessed the Play store. These figures are dramatically improved over the lowly .8% of devices that had adopted the latest version of Android by August of this year.
Also worth noting is that Gingerbread has maintained a 47.6% share, although this is the first time that Google has reported it being on less than half of the Android install base.
While Apple does have a controlled ecosystem and a more unified line-up of devices, this is one area that allows the somewhat restricted platform to shine. Since there isn’t a wide variety of devices and hardware types to update, iOS 6 adoption soared to 60% just one month after its release, making the above numbers seem laughable in comparison.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the successor to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and was originally released alongside the Nexus 7. The update includes vast performance improvements — codenamed Project Butter — and the much-acclaimed Google Now search experience, as well as various other software improvements.