Android 4.4 hits 2.5% adoption and Jelly Bean up to 62%

Android 4.4 hits 2.5% adoption and Jelly Bean up to 62%
Every month, Google releases the Android platform distribution numbers in order to give developers a better idea of what the ecosystem looks like in terms of devices accessing the Google Play Store (because obviously developers don't really care about those who don't access the store.) The latest numbers for March (aka the end of February) are showing the continued movement towards Android Jelly Bean and KitKat.

The movement isn't all that much, but it is movement nonetheless. Since last month, Android KitKat has gained 0.7% to hit 2.5% of the ecosystem. Given that KitKat is just starting to see updates to non-Google devices (Nexus, GPE, & Moto), so the number should start to rise a bit quicker now. And, once the Samsung Galaxy S5 is released in April, that number should see a significant spike in May and June. 

Android Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2, & 4.3) also saw the biggest bump of any dessert, up from 60.7% of the ecosystem to 62% even. Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread continued to slowly slide, each dropping 1% off of their totals. Just over a year ago, we asked: should developers start adopting an Android 4.0+ policy with new apps? The question was controversial at the time, but maybe not anymore.



1. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Damn, jelly bean is the new gingerbread.

3. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Which is better..

2. GeekMovement unregistered

really looking foward to seeing kitkat taking most of the pie hopefully later this year.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I doubt it. Anything over 18 months won't get support (Says Google), and most phone manufacturers drag their feet way too much.

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

WTF you talking about? It took jelly bean 4.1 more than two years to spread over one third and you think kit kat can do that in less than a year? LOL..

10. GeekMovement unregistered

which is why i added "hopefully" because I'm *hoping* that they'll release kitkat faster than they did with other versions of android. Google is looking into solutions to bringing newer android much faster. I wouldn't be surprised if I see the release timing to be shorter than before. Guess we'll have to see what happens by the beginning of 2015.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Frustrating, but true.. well sorta, Jelly Bean was released less than two years ago, Heck, Ice-cream Sandwich was released less than two years and three months ago, so you claim is a bit exaggerated.

13. GeekMovement unregistered

it may be, but it is nice to see kitkat already being delivered to many phones that were released not too long ago. 2014 should be the year for kitkat updates. There was already a list of many handsets from various manufacturers with the kitkat update in store in the next few months. It will only increase as summer, fall, and winter approaches.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well considering you got the time frame wrong. Jelly Bean first came out on the Nexus 7 back in June 27, 2012. I know I got mine near the end of July. So no it hasn't been 2 years. Also if you were ever looking at Google's distribution of Android each month. Then back in July 2013 (1 year of jelly bean) 4.1 has 32.3% of Androids distribution, and 4.2 had almost 6%. So this just shows that both manufacturers and people are upgrading their OS's and devices.

12. tuminatr

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

just got my kitkat update for my sprint note 3 and it is quite cool

14. GeekMovement unregistered

nice I'm looking forward to it on my Note 2 (:

5. 1701nino unregistered

Finally its starting to happen,kit kat would be great for devices with smaller amount of ram.

6. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I love my G2, which just got 4.4.2 last week. The phone is already 6 months old. It probably will not see another update. Hence the problem with Android. Everyone has their hands in the Linux cookie jar. Blaming each other, the manufacturer, the carrier, Google, hell now we can blame the chip manufacturer as well, sorry Tegra.

15. blingblingthing

Posts: 974; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

If you want the latest version of Android, you buy a nexus or root your phone. When you buy a carrier phone, the carrier has some say in the phone.

16. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

LG is one of the few companies willing to let their flagship device die with only one update in its life. Take my Sprint Optimus G, for example, only updated from 4.04 to 4.1.2. HTC, Apple, Samsung, Motorola don't seem to have the same issue nearly as often. Drives me up a wall

7. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Oh there isn't one manufacturer that will go backwards and spend the cash on updating low to mid level device's because Google keeps touting that Kit Kat can operate on 512 ram. Who cares? There's low to mid level phone's for every release of Android every year. My available Ram didn't change on my G2 last week when it got the kit Kat Update. But let's blame LG or the carrier.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Money talks, bullshxt walks

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