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Latest Android version distribution stats: 14% of all devices are now on KitKat

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Latest Android version distribution stats: 14  of all devices are now on KitKat

As some of you know, Google has gotten into the habit of releasing detailed Android platform distribution stats every month in order to help developers better understand the current state of the operating system. Said in simpler words, Google makes the respective market share of each major Android update public.

And while this is usually a dry topic in itself (and sometimes the spark that starts a full-out flame war), this time around we actually have an interesting development. Again, as some of you will likely know, the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update has been slow to gain share. Last month's stats had KitKat at 8.5%, while during the month before that, the last major update sat at just 5.3%. May has been very good to KitKat, however, and the platform now holds 13.6% of the entire Android pie. That's a non-trivial hike of over 5% in 30 days.

If there are winners, though, there have also got to be losers -- that's just how it works. In this case, KitKat's rise was at the expense of Jelly Bean (58.4% from 60.8% last month), Ice Cream Sandwich (12.3% from 13.4% last month), and, lastly, Gingebread (14.9%, down from 16.2% a month ago).

Obviously, Gingerbread's resilience is both undeniable and troubling. Unfortunately, apart from waiting out for these devices to eventually reach the end of their life cycle, it doesn't seem like anything can be done. On a brighter note, we do expect KitKat to continue its rise, especially now that a number of manufacturers have announced entry-level handsets that ship out with the latest update pre-installed.

source: Android

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posted on 05 Jun 2014, 02:37 4

1. MacWiNux (Posts: 74; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


one of my phone is still on froyo :D and i happy with that....

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:51

37. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4138; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Fragmentation still goes on today when updates should be more consistent and guaranteed for at least two years.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:02 1

38. refillable (Posts: 673; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Why worry on some non-guaranteed 2 year updates while the so called 'Two years old phone update' lags badly running the latest OS?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:26 2

40. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Another way to look at this is Android Jelly Bean and KitKat are on 72% of all Android phones.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:34

41. refillable (Posts: 673; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Well I have no problems with this as this doesn't really matter to me. There are thousands of Custom AOSP or stock ROMs that can be downloaded over xda. But however, it's still pretty nice for android itself if google improves this Update fiasco.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 14:50

45. Augustine (Posts: 788; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Or Android 4.x makes up about 85% of such phones.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 13:57 1

44. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4138; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Do I hear denial in your voice?

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 00:35

49. refillable (Posts: 673; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Yes, I am denying laggy updates.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 20:00

48. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


and android froyo is still more advanced than iOS 8

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 02:42 7

2. Finalflash (Posts: 1896; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Not bad, you really have to look at the context of those numbers to appreciate them. Android sold about 1 billion devices last year alone. Assuming around the same number this year, that will mean that over 140 million devices MINIMUM are on KitKat. For that matter, if at least half of the phones sold this year release with KitKat, likely that number will be about 500 million or so devices with KitKat (carefully chosen numbers those are).

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:57

43. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


People are forgetting how many devices have KitKat already. There are lots of new devices from Samsung's, HTC, Sony, Motorola, LG, and many more pumping out KitKat hardware. Not to mention a number of them are supplying KitKat updates to all of the flagships from 1-2 years ago.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 02:43 3

3. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


Not compared to how many people are on iOS 7. Hate on Fandroids.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 02:59 11

4. tech2 (Posts: 2432; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Funny how when comparing ios7 its Android 4.4 and not android 4.x (i.e. all 4.1,4.2,4.3 and 4.4 included).

Don't try pull an apple on well-educated people. Its okay in your holy mecca, WWDC, to fudge numbers to your advantage but no need to insult general people by enforcing your made up stats as facts and then call people 'fandroids' for no apparent reason.

If you take all devices with android 4.x its 84.3%.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 03:40 1

7. techspace (Posts: 774; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


that's because both ios 7 and kitkat were released last year...android 4.1 was released 2 years back...before ios 6
kitkat is android's latest version so obviously everyone will compare it with ios 7
and not getting updates is really annoying...i manually updated my nexus 5 to 4.4.3 after waiting for 2 days.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:28 6

12. ihavenoname (Posts: 1518; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Would be interesting to see how to chart goes with Nexus devices.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:49

27. iampayne (Posts: 255; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Wow that's really funny. I love how you guys change you tunes constantly. Are you serious going to tell me Ice Cream Sandwhich and Kit Kat are in the same league???? You can not put all the 4.x devices into 1 category. If your doing that then you might as well put iOS 1-6 in the same category as well. And whats still funny is that iOS 7 is installed on 89% of Apple devices which is still higer than the 84 you mentioned.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:55

29. iampayne (Posts: 255; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


I just made fun of Apple and Android in the same comment I must be turning into a Windows person lol

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 15:25

47. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Congrats your phone wins at updates. It still sucks ass, as well as your attitude :)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:35

22. Scott93274 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


LOL, at least "fandroids" don't cry and threaten to take legal action when forced to "upgrade" to a new iOS. I remember people up in arms about iOS 7. Every version of Android is an undeniable improvement over the last. While not all devices will have the option to upgrade (Just like Apple iPhones), at least users aren't forced to download a several hundred MB file and given frequent reminders to install update to the latest version or risk sacrificing functionality.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:48

34. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


How many of those iOS 7 people have the full version instead of a stripped down version, devoid of all the features and options? Thought so.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:50

36. techspace (Posts: 774; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


it's the same case even in android....lets take an example....when the galaxy s4 is updated to android 4.4.3 it will never get all the features available in the s5...it will get a striped down version .

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 03:15 1

5. FingerMyApple (unregistered)


No reason to update kitkat, most of the android app still taste like gingerbread anyway (except google now taste jellybean)

Swype and swiftkey is developing ios8 apps already and still none of the kitkat app developed so why bother upgrade?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 03:57

9. techspace (Posts: 774; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


its okay as long as google doesn't change the design lang of android.
if they change it like apple did with ios 7 then the developers will have to face some problems, they have to decide whether or not to update the apps straight away because if they are updated, they will not work properly on the older versions and if they are not updated, then they won't match with the newer design.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:27 2

18. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


The f**k I just read, you get high before posting? Or you're delusional all time

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:36

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 3215; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You really need to brush up on your language. Can't understand your mumbo jumbo.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:36

42. refillable (Posts: 673; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Never go full Retard...

Well Never feed the troll, literally.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 03:18 4

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


"Obviously, Gingerbread's resilience is both undeniable and troubling."

What's troubling about it? The last Gingerbread phones were really put out in the summer of 2012, almost two years ago. The last MAJOR Gingerbread releases were in early 2012. By this point anyone who WANTS to get rid of their Gingerbread phone can easily do so, at least in the US. I personally think it speaks to the fact that people are satisfied enough with a 4 year old build of Android to keep using it well past its "best by" date. Its share will keep dropping, and Kitkat will rise in response.

I think a big part of Kitkat's jump in share has been the release of major flagships like the S5 which run it. As more and more Kitkat phones get released it'll wrestle majority share away from Jelly Bean for sure.

I mean, hell, look at Froyo. All of those phones are way, WAY past their expiration date, and it's still holding onto a percentage point.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:57

14. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Well most of the apps today still can serve phones in Gingerbread. Maybe if we can see what majority of phones still has those GB flavoring maybe then we see the bigger picture on why they still hold on to those.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 03:53 5

8. MarioG (Posts: 21; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


RIP Honeycomb.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:15 3

10. ThePython (Posts: 387; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Meanwhile in iOS...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:23 1

11. ihavenoname (Posts: 1518; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I don't know if OEMs are lazy or updating process is hard, but Google should do something about this.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:15

20. Guti986 (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)


I think Google has done a pretty decent job with KitKat. The updating process is hard indeed but the fact that now KitKat is good on any spec'd device gives insentive to just build with it out of the box, rather than opting for an older version. Plus if I'm not mistaken Google is now obligating OEMs to actually build any new devices with KitKat preinstalled. So Google has done something about it, its called KitKat. Reigning in the horses.
Meanwhile on iOS, with its 6 devices? Is what? 85%? And Android with its +/-100 devices, is at 14% and growing at 3-5% a month. Takes time, but its not all black and white.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:48

26. Scott93274 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


It's all up to the OEMs. The day after the Nexus devices started getting 4.4.3, Motorola started to roll out the same update to the Moto series phones. It may be a couple weeks before all of the Moto X/G/E get the update but it just goes to show that OEMs that care about timely updates to their OS have no reason other than to amend their own software to function properly with the latest release. (And they get numerous builds of the latest OS during the development process to prep for the initial release so really no excuses whatsoever).

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:12

33. Canaan (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 May 2014)


But isn't it different with Moto? They're like the Nexus line in that they also come with stock/pure android. It might also have to do that those moto phones were released when Google still owned Motorola, so they might still have a say in when they get updates?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:40

13. andynaija (Posts: 485; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Still hanging on to my Gingerbread phone until I get a OnePlus One or G3. Or maaaaybee an S5.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 05:08 1

15. lallolu (Posts: 247; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


It actually seeems that mobiles are updated quite faster to kitkat than it was with the previous updates.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:02

16. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3616; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


On your face haters.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:23 1

17. androiphone20 (Posts: 1518; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I guess you meant to say *In your face...

FTFY ;)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:48

19. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3616; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Hello Thanks for the Correction.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:17

21. PressStart (Posts: 118; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


14%! Impressive...not.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:37

24. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Almost 85% of the devices are on Android 4.x.x....

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:42 1

25. FingerMyApple (unregistered)


While installing 2.x.x apps :)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:53

28. iampayne (Posts: 255; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


You can not compare Ice Cream Sandwich with Kit Kat so please stop.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:00

31. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


OK....72% are on JB or KitKat...still very good when you consider that it is up to the OEMs and carriers and not Google to push updates...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 14:56

46. Augustine (Posts: 788; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


And, as a developer, this is what I care about. I don't care about anything but 4.x anymore. Whatever devices predating are 4.x out there, most will not be there in a few months, when an app under development is released.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:59

30. iampayne (Posts: 255; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Android as its sits is an amazing OS and its installed on way more devices and has more freedom and amazing devices, cant the Apple people at least get to have some shine time with the newest OS installed on more devices. Or does the Android crowd have to win every category :-)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:00

32. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Ummmm...OK...but, this article is an Android article...so....yeah...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:54

35. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Love the Android haters, always trying to compare update percentages. Meanwhile, in the real world, few really care as the global market share continues to increase. If this was a small fraction of the problem iFans make it out to be, shares would be dropping. They're not.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:06

39. refillable (Posts: 673; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


I blame the Manufacturers, not Google. Meanwhile JB and Kitkat is still at around 70%, so I think it's not that bad. However, It's not supposed to be a bad as you think, as many smartphones in emerging markets are not as well as updated, because of the lack of the knowledgebase that these people have to update, and that's where Android are most at.

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