Jelly Bean still remains on 60.8% of Android devices; KitKat up to 8.5%
0. phoneArena 02 May 2014, 22:10 posted on
You know that the calendar has turned to a new month when Google releases the new distribution numbers for the different builds of Android. So let's get right to the news you want to hear about. KitKat is now powering 8.5% of Android devices, up from 5.3% last month. That happens to be the same percentage of Android devices powered by Android 4.3...
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1. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
OMG, poor FROYO is losing ground...SOMEONE buy a cheap older Android phone and use FROYO...or maybe even flash an older FROYO ROM onto your current Android phone - SHOW FROYO SOME LOVE!!! before it is too late.
2. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Or you can buy some Froyo on the supermarket, gotta love that sweet and sour awesomeness.
45. sgodsell (Posts: 1210; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Froyo was popular in its day, but how is honeycomb still holding out. It came out and went very quickly. It was the first version of Android on a tablet. Then Google quickly merged the tablet and phone OS together to make ICS 4.0. As everyone knows now. Its the same Android OS on a tablet, laptop, and phone now.
3. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Now, where is the KitKat update for my Xperia Z? The KitKat is melting now.
16. sgodsell (Posts: 1210; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
22. vipervoid123 (Posts: 114; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
it is certified , just wait , it is coming out soon ~
4. fzacek (Posts: 1627; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Wow, Gingerbread is an ancient Android version but 16.2% of Androids are still running it... Why, just why...
5. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Most are blamed on manufacturers...and some are blamed for the underpowered chipset that is under the hood of the device.
46. sgodsell (Posts: 1210; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Google also set a minimum standard on a GPU and open gl. Starting with KitKat you must have a minimum of 512mb of ram and a GPU that supports opengl ES 2.0. Before KitKat the minimum was ES 1.0.
6. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
And, if it still works, why change? Funny thing is that my Captivate stopped at 2.3.7, but the XDA DEVs got it all they way to at least 4.2.2.
12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Single core device owners are regretting updating to ICS.
19. sgodsell (Posts: 1210; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Another way to look at it is 82.7 are running ICS 4.0 and above.
23. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
My friend hates his Galaxy S 2 after he updated it to Jelly Bean. He says Gingerbread worked a lot better.
24. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
mine worked perfectly. But i eventualy got fed up of ugly touchwiz and embraced cyanogenmod and never looked back. Missing my S2.
30. palmguy (Posts: 247; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
I agree on that one. Mine went into a coma a few months afterwards. My OG Sprint Palm Pre outlasted it. Still runs today almost 8yrs later. Rest in peace webOS. :(
32. Sniggly (Posts: 6975; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The same reason my mother still uses a 10 year old Nokia candybar phone. It suits her needs and she doesn't want to upgrade.
Incidentally, my father still uses my Droid X.
7. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1139; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
can you even get kitkat on ALL Q4 2013 android devices?
10. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
yeah, if you go to XDA - just about any high end device has a 4.4.x ROM for it...
13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
except mediatek devices..........
38. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 816; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Lack of support, it's a shame really, don't know how is MediaTek expecting to compete against Qualcomm if their software support is crap.
41. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1139; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
shoulda fixed my comment to be clear on what i want to say.
technically yes but still needs rooting and voiding warranty - requiring a geeky brain
8. mturby (Posts: 241; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
who to BLAME? manufacturers and carriers...samsung..verizon...LG...sprint... and some others...why a dual core/1 GB ram has to remain on JB??? Kitkat is already capable of working on 512 RAM...Basically Google is wasting time and money working on updates that onlye 10% of the android users will know and njoy!!!
9. mturby (Posts: 241; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
Basically Google is wasting time and money working on updates that onlye 10% of the android users will know and njoy!!!
11. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
hmmm, it is starting to change - I think this new program they are starting after the Nexus program will help bring people quicker to the latest ANdroid OS - As long as you have 4.2.2 or higher then you are all set.Having the latest is not always necessary.
But, weird about how the devices with 1GB RAM are not getting the latest update - XDA devs will help with this...
21. androiphone20 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Android Silver might still be a bit far off, starting off in the US and developed markets then rolling out to the rest later on. We're talking something like one and a half years. Not to mention they have to get it out there with enough promo material and players signed on.
34. mturby (Posts: 241; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
people should not have to root their phone to get an update. my mother, 56 yrs shouldn't have to hack a phone and it is not fair for google. xda people are working on custom software instead of enjoying the real android as google releases it.
37. Sniggly (Posts: 6975; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Depending on how old her phone is, she may not have to root her phone in order to get her update.
Furthermore, it's good that developers work on custom ROMS. Without their work, my Atrix would still be on Gingerbread. Instead, it has a fairly workable version of Jelly Bean, and works really smoothly too.
43. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
The apps are updating, just not base os.
33. Sniggly (Posts: 6975; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
10 percent at this point, which is only 6 months since the update came out. I believe it's actually faster than any previous Android version has been distributed.
Google is already taking steps to make "fragmentation" better. One of their new rules is that any new device being released must run the latest available Android version on it to get Google's software support.
14. Sriniva1995 (Posts: 33; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)
Galaxy S3 i9300 still waiting at least 30million customers........
15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
moto G and nexus 7 here all CM11 aka kitkat. No fragmentation culprit here
18. sgodsell (Posts: 1210; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
The moto g and nexus 7 already have Googles KitKat. Each to his own I guess.
40. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 816; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
The Moto G is an astonishing device for it's price, and the fact that it got 4.4 before many flagship devices did is even more astonishing.
20. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 384; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
Well I'm sure it'd be a lot closer to 100% on kitkat if that was possible.
I was very excited to get an update of my GS3 today, only to find out it just added more roaming support.
28. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
Be good thing is that S3 gets a newer kernel, which means better efficiency in performance and battery life(do make a reset after the update to wipe older system data and dalvic cache, this'll help with the device efficiency)
42. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 384; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
Thanks for the tip! It does almost seem like my phone feels faster after the update
29. superfans (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)
I'm stuck in 4.3 thanks to mediatek chipsets !
31. lallolu (Posts: 230; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
Most of the kitkat running devices run CM roms.
35. JunitoNH (Posts: 888; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
The average Joe don't care about having the latest and greatest. As long as they are able to make phones calls, text, and load some apps, they are good. Especially with adult, there are more important issues, and Android a "phone" is not one of them. I think minimum wages, come to mind.
36. Sniggly (Posts: 6975; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yeah, I think I was right:
Ice Cream Sandwich was still at 8 percent in June, having been released in December.
Gingerbread was only at 9 percent at the same six month mark (this is for the seventh month, but it mentions Gingerbread "doubling" its share from June, and sitting at 18 percent in July)
Jelly Bean 4.1 hit roughly 10 percent on the same timetable that Kitkat has. So basically, Kitkat is on pace with the fastest update distribution. It's been jumping by 2 or 3 percent per month, and will likely keep going up as older devices get turned in and upgrades happen, along with software updates.
It's also worth remembering that new phones are still being sold with older Android versions on board, even if the device model has the update available recently. It's not like iPhones, where stock of iPhones with the latest iOS version almost immediately replace the older version iPhones.
39. papss (unregistered)
Most folks who buy their devices will never know or care which version of the OS they have. As long as it works for their needs who cares..
With that being said I believe I read that google put rules in place for new phones
44. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Much ado over nought.
Basic an principal apps all update regardless of os version now.
47. Totse2k15 (Posts: 249; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)
Meh... I just want Android 5.0. I love KitKat, too.