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Android Gingerbread still on 50% of devices

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Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system is still running on more than 50% of devices.

The web giant's latest distribution stats confirm that just 6.7% of users are running the most recent Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean platforms.

Google Android statue

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Google Android statue

Google Android statue

© PA Images / Paul Sakuma/AP



Gingerbread's predecessor Honeycomb has fallen to 1.6%, while its successor Ice Cream Sandwich accounts for 27.5% of the Android market and Froyo 10.3%.

The data was collected from a four-day period ending December 3, suggesting that gains for the new version of the operating system are slow. Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean gained a respective 1.7% and 4.0% over the last month.

Updates to Google's latest operating systems have been hampered by red tape at various carriers and manufacturers, but its prominence is expected to steadily grow if the latest crop of Nexus products claim a larger marketshare.

Google's heavily rumoured Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie has been tipped for release with a new Nexus smartphone developed by Sony.

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