Android Jelly Bean: A look at how it became the champion we all wanted

Jelly Bean fragmentation

The first time we saw Jelly Bean in any kind of official capacity was back in August of last year. The new Android iteration (4.1, to be exact) made a subtle appearance, popping up on less than 1% of Android devices. What it represented was an incremental step forward from Ice Cream Sandwich, with a bevy of little tweaks and improvements. The UI was enhanced, and Chrome replaced the “official” Android browser. Aside from those two changes, not much was notable. Incremental changes were made until October 9 of 2012, which would be the last update for 4.1 (4.1.2 officially, by that time).

Android 4.2 was the serious upgrade we’d been hoping for, and it didn’t disappoint. Photospheres, gesture typing, and Miracast were the powerful jabs this time around, and we all ate it up. Of course, we were all concerned Google hated Christmas, but they added December to Jelly Bean on November 27th, so all was well in the world.

Now that Jelly Bean has become the most used Iteration of Android, let’s take a look back at its rise to the top. Overthrowing the Gingerbread king wasn’t easy, but Google had a little help from their friends. If nothing else, Jelly Bean represents a major shift in Android hardware, and how devices are able to support newer versions. More importantly, it represents how OEMs are supporting Android.


The beginning

Debuting with 0.8% of devices running Jelly Bean, we had yet to see the true implementation of the new version. Two months later, We saw the first significant improvement to adoption, as Jelly Bean was now showing up on 1.8% of devices. This was the beginning of October, and a few weeks away from the Nexus 4 launch.

Let’s also give Google credit for not pushing out another Android version, which only serves to complicate the fragmentation discussion.

About a month after the Nexus 4 was launched amidst Hurricane Sandy and a botched event in New York, Jelly Bean took a big step forward. By the end of November, Jelly Bean 4.1 would see another 1% increase. At 2.7%, it was catching on pretty quickly, and outpacing Ice Cream Sandwich which came before it.

Now that December had made a home in Jelly Bean, Jelly Bean took another step forward. December 4th was the first time we would see the new Jelly Bean 4.2 listed, clocking in at the familiar 0.8%. Just as curious was the increase 4.1 was seeing, this time with nearly 6% of Android devices running the now older Jelly Bean. that number would remain in place until four days into 2013, with 4.1 showing up on 9% of devices, and 1.2% for 4.2!

Jelly Bean October 2012 to January 2013

By early 2013, the Nexus 4 kluge was in full effect, and other devices were starting …read more

Via: Android Authority

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