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Android Jelly Bean Overtakes Android Ice Cream Sandwich in Market Share

Google I/O 2013 might bring us Android 4.3 Jelly Bean instead of the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. The Android Developers website posted the Android distribution for April 2013.

For the first time since its debut, Android Jelly Bean managed to overtake Android Ice Cream Sandwich in market share. Of course we are talking about combined market share of Android 4.1 and Android 4.2.

By the way, it was already discovered that there are a couple of devices out there that are already running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and there’s a Pantech device among them that packs a single-core 1 GHz CPU and 512 MB of RAM.

This means that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean can be run on low-end devices, so all we need now is some smartphone and tablet makers to show their interest in the new Android version.

Let’s return to the Android distribution for April 2013. Just as we expected, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still the king, with a market share of 38.5%, followed by Android 4.1 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with 28.4% of the market. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich comes close behind with 27.5%, while the other Android versions like Froyo 2.2, Eclair 2.1, Honeycomb 3.2 and Donut 1.6 have insignificant market shares like 3.7%, 1.7%, 0.1%, and 0.1%, respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One sales debuted in April, and these are two of the Android Jelly Bean-powered smartphones that will generate impressive sales and will help the latest Android iterations increase their market share. The first estimations were already revealed: 60 million Samsung Galaxy S4 and 10 million HTC One units. We’ll wait and see whether the forecasts are accurate enough.