As Jelly Bean increases its footprint, the vast majority of Android users are still rocking early builds of the open source OS.
It appears Google's latest major version of Android is getting off to a relatively quick start, at least compared to prior versions. With another month in the books, Android 4.1 and 4.2 (Jelly Bean) now collectively account for 6.7 percent of all active Android devices, which are devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period, according to Google's Android Developer channel.
Talk about a busy month. Microsoft last week launched its Windows 8 operating system and Surface RT tablet to the general public, Apple released an iPad mini just a few days ago, and now Google is getting in on the media frenzy by announcing new and improved Nexus devices. Probably the biggest news of the day from Google is the introduction of the Nexus 10, a 10-inch Android tablet that might finally be able to supplant the iPad in popularity.
Windows Phone 8 launches on October 29th, but if a smartphone platform launches in a vacuum, does it make a sound? Microsoft announced its launch date ages ago, however in almost record time, Google has put together a media event on the very same day. Coincidence? Perhaps, but then again these two tech rivals seem to revel in sticking it to each other any chance they get. The Google event carries the vague tag line “The playground is open”, however sources of the NextWeb have been much more specific. Phones, tablets, and Android 4.2 are all on the docket, and with a lineup like that, I wouldn’t want to be launching a competing smartphone OS with single digit market share on the same day. Poor Microsoft just can’t seem to catch a break.
Hit the jump to read all the juicy details of the Google event.