When competitors knock on Google's Android mobile operating system, they dismiss its growth because a majority of smartphones in the wild are running a version of Android released three years ago. Android version 2.3—Gingerbread—announced in 2010 and rolled out to new smartphones in 2011, has been the most widely used flavor of the operating since shortly after its release.

That is no longer the case.

Gingerbread has finally been unseated from the top of Android distribution mountain, ceding its placing to the newest flavor of the operating system, version 4.1+ Jelly Bean, according to new stats released by Google on Monday. Jelly Bean is running on 37.9% of Android devices while Gingerbread is running on 34.1%. The stepping stone between Gingerbread and Jelly Bean—Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich—is running on 23.3% of Android devices.

Gingerbread became the most used version of Android in November 2011, unseating version 2.2 Froyo. Gingerbread didn't look back for all of 2012 and well into 2013 until Jelly Bean finally caught up this month. Gingerbread fell below the 50% mark in March this year.
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--jeremy