For long, Android Gingerbread has held a steady dominion in the world of Android devices. It was run on the highest number of Android devices until recently. However, Jelly Bean has been steadily gaining ground and in light of the latest numbers, Jelly Bean now runs atop more than 40% devices.
Although Jelly Bean has taken a clear lead by now, Gingerbread continues to hold a steady share in the market. Currently, the overall market share of Gingerbread is 33.1%, which is very substantial. On the other hand, the combined market share of all versions of Android Jelly Bean adds up to a 40.5% market share.
Interestingly, the market share of Ice Cream Sandwich is fairly small, currently standing at 22.5%. The fact that Gingerbread still has a huge share of the Android platform shows that either the low-end Android handsets are too popular or that the vendors of older Android handsets have been very reluctant in dishing out updates.
What is all the more intriguing is that even the oldest Android version, the 1.6 Donut, is still around with a 0.1% market share. Moreover, Android 1.2, Eclair, also has a share of 1.2% where Froyo bags a 2.5% share. Apparently, there are still a number of users who are using really old Android devices, running the earliest of its firmware releases.