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Android numbers show KitKat more than doubles its share to over 5%

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Android numbers show KitKat more than doubles its share to over 5%
It's the first of the month, which means that it is once again time for the updated Android platform distribution numbers. The aim of these numbers are to let developers know where to aim their efforts, because the numbers are based on devices that access the Google Play Store. This month was a big one for Android 4.4 KitKat, which more than doubled its market share.

The jump in market share for KitKat can likely be attributed mostly to the continuing 4.4 update rollout pushed by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 and perhaps also because of the growing Moto G market, because it is quite unlikely that Nexus devices suddenly saw a huge jump in sales. KitKat is now at 5.3%, up from just 2.5% to begin March. And, KitKat wasn't just the big winner for the Android ecosystem in March, it was the only nickname of Android to see an increase. 

Android 4.2.x went up from 17.1% to 18.1%, but Jelly Bean as a whole dropped from 62% to 61.4%. Similarly, Ice Cream Sandwich was down to 14.3% from 15.2%; and, Gingerbread continued its decline to 17.8% from 19.0%, which continues to solidify the idea that developers really need not bother with Android 2.x anymore, and can focus on Android 4.x. 

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posted on 01 Apr 2014, 21:22 5

1. KingaSpades (Posts: 42; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Wow! ROTFLMAO! A whole 5%!!!! This is laughable.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 21:38 7

3. fireblade (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


JB is stable & fast enough. KK is even faster. It doesn't matter as long as many apps can run in different version of android.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:44

27. sgodsell (Posts: 1210; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The other way to look at this is more than 2/3 of all Android users are using Android 4.x and above now (ICS, JB, KitKat).

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:00 2

6. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's even more laughable when KK was designed to be used for low end devices yet the adoption rate is still too low.

I don't think it's fair to the end user.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:08 8

8. md227a (Posts: 124; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Mainly since the OEM's haven't started releasing new low end hardware with KitKat. Your statement sounds as if you honestly expected OEM's to update old out dated hardware to KitKat is asinine.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:19 2

18. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Most low ends phones have older processors that aren't supported anymore and literally can't be updated to KitKat (officially), or have Mediatek processors which Mediatek hasn't released their source codes for, which limits devices using their chips to 4.3 I believe. KitKat wasn't supposed to give life to older phones or recent low end phones, it's supposed to make future low end phones more usable.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:02

30. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Driver support is the main issue in updating to kitkat. It's up to the SOC vendor to decide whether to support the architecture further or not.
And don't expect mediatek devices to get an update anytime soon. If you might have read a recent article on XDA portal, mediatek doesn't abide by the GPL and charges for providing source code.
http://www.xda-developers.com/android/have-you-paid-your-linux-kernel-source-license-fee/

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 05:16

28. Finalflash (Posts: 1706; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, but it is more fair to the end user than lets say Apple, which cripples older hardware with new updates or MS who don't update older hardware at all.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 15:33

32. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


as long as a device is on 4.0 or higher, then it is fine...

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:16 7

10. chistoefur (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Well I mean, with over 1 billion Android activations back in September, I'd say 5% is actually quite a lot.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:37

26. sgodsell (Posts: 1210; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Not to mention that 1 billion new Android phone users will be added in 2014 alone.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:28 1

12. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


any phone that matters is on kitkat.

HTC one (both)
galaxy s4 and s3
note 3 (note 2 this month)
moto x, g, droid line, (other random motorola phones getting it this spring).
lg g2
(oh and sony phones, I wont bother naming them all)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 05:27

29. iyngr (Posts: 66; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Ya nowhere near iOS 7 ... This is where Android has put in a lot effort

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:34 2

13. gigaraga (Posts: 889; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Awesome! I'm in that 5% for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 running KitKat 4.4.2!~~

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:45 2

15. blingblingthing (Posts: 429; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


I'm in that 5 with my G2

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:23 1

25. kanagadeepan (Posts: 667; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Yes, I am in the 5% users using DroidMAXX running 4.4

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:04

31. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


And I am with DN3 kitkat rom on my Note 2.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:59 2

16. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I'm in that 5% for nexus 7. Do they count cyanogenmod 11 as kitkat? if yes my ancient s2 is in that 5%.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:21 1

19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


They get this information from anybody who uses the Play Store, so I would assume so.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 23:25

17. davenycept (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


The only thing I don't like is that there are several apps that aren't kit kat compatible still...that didn't make sense..it's not like kit kat came out last week

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:22 3

21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


All apps should be compatible with KitKat, but not all apps will be compatible with ART, since it's still in beta.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:21 3

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Proud to be in that 5% with my Droid Mini

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:39 2

22. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Ooh and also my mom-dad's moto Gs running Kitkat.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:06 2

24. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Wow PA troll comments were kept intact and my comments defending android were deleted. Cool moderators.

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