Android Distribution Numbers For March Are In, With A Change In Data Collection

When you look at this chart, you’ll see a huge difference from last month. While Jelly Bean 4.1 had 14.9% and 4.2 had 1.6% distribution last month, they now have 23% and 2% respectively. That’s an 8.5% difference. Has Jelly Bean really grown that much? Not exactly, and we’ll let Google do the explaining:

Note: Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store. Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.

So we might not know how much Jelly Bean really grew, but that’s not a big deal. These statistics are made for developers, and they shouldn’t really care how many people checked into Google servers. The people using the Play Store are more important for them, so this data is far more useful.

However, with these new statistics, we’re seeing 54.3% of people on Ice Cream Sandwich or above. Granted, ICS is over a year old, but it’s the beginning of a modern Android, so that’s a big improvement. What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments!

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