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Jelly Bean spills onto 60 percent of Android devices

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Analyzing Google Play data from the seven days ending Tuesday, Google's Android developer dashboard pegged Jelly Bean's collective reach at about 60.5 percent. Breaking down those beans, 4.1.x held the highest share with 35.5 percent, followed by 4.2.x with 16.3 percent and Android 4.3 with 8.9 percent

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the 20% Gingerbread

The 20% Gingerbread is likely because some phones released in last 2010 or early 2011 were never upgraded to Icecream sandwich.

Newer is not always better

"Newer is not always better," as the old saying goes.

My tablet is updating itself automatically, without even asking for the user's consent (security risk in its own right). The result is, the device seem to have become a little less stable than before (got stuck and reboot itself yesterday).

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