Android Jelly Bean claims 25% market share

Google has announced that its latest Jelly Bean operating system now accounts for 25% of the Android market.

Versions 4.1 and 4.2 of the platform saw a significant rise over the past month, climbing from 16% at the beginning of March.

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The web giant’s 2010 Android 3.2 Gingerbread still leads the way with more than 40% of the market, while 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich currently accounts for 29%.

Jelly Bean’s increase in popularity is partially attributed to the sales of high-end handsets, such as Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Google Nexus 4, but its gains were also a result of a new method Google has employed for measuring the Android market.

The platform holder previously counted a device when it logged into its servers, but from this month is compiling its user stats based on tablets and smartphones that access Google Play, giving developers a better idea of how many users are active.

Google is expected to announce the next version of Android – rumoured to be 5.0 Key Lime Pie – at its I/O conference next month.

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