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

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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32 Comments

1. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

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

3. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 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.

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 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).

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

8. md227a

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

30. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 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/

28. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

32. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

10. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

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

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

12. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 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)

29. iyngr

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

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

13. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

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

15. blingblingthing

Posts: 963; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I'm in that 5 with my G2

25. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

31. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

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

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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%.

19. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

17. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 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

21. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Proud to be in that 5% with my Droid Mini

22. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

24. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

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