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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Announced & Why No One Should Care

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Jelly Bean is another update Android users are unlikely to see because the big players don’t have any real interest in delivering it and networks don’t care either, suggests ZDNET.

ZDNET: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is nothing to get excited about

With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being unveiled just yesterday and showing off a bunch of new features that any Android fan would want, you would think that most users would be jumping with joy. Unfortunately it’s hard to get worked up about Android updates anymore.

Historically, it’s taken Android updates a long time to filter into the mix. Data collected by Google from devices that have accessed Google Play shows that just 7.1% of devices are running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, despite the update being released over eight months ago. That’s right, there are only 7 percent of Android devices running ICS and we already have Jelly Bean to look forward to next month (3 devices getting the Jelly Bean update next month are the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S & XOOM).

Android’s most popular version is still 2.3 Gingerbead, which was released in December 2010 and last updated in September 2011. So if you have a non-Nexus Android smartphone, Jelly Bean is just another update that you’re unlikely to get.

ZDNET bluntly puts it: Google cares more about activating new handsets and grabbing a bigger market share, not in bringing phones together. Handset makers want you to buy a phone and then not darken their doors again until you want to buy a new one. Networks have you tied in for a couple of years and couldn’t care less if your operating system relies on hamsters.

Ouch.

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