December Android platform numbers have KitKat at 1.1%, Jelly Bean at 54.5%

December Android platform numbers have KitKat at 1.1%, Jelly Bean at 54.5%
It is the first Monday of the month, and we all know what that means: the new Android platform version numbers are out. As always, these numbers are designed to help developers know what level of the Android SDK to target with app releases. The numbers keep showing that Android 4.x is where to be led by strong numbers for Jelly Bean.

Jelly Bean first became the most popular Android version back in July, and now it is up to 54.5% total compared to 52.1% last month. Android 4.1.x is still the majority holder with 37.4%, but the big change this month is with Android 4.3, which is up from 2.3% last month to 4.2% now. Android 4.4 KitKat made its debut on the list with 1.1% of the ecosystem. 

The rollout of Android 4.4 has already begun/happened for the various Nexus devices as well as the Moto X, and the numbers cover a 7-day period ending today, so at least some of those updated devices should have been counted in the new data. 


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50. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Ran 4.4 on my S4 for a good 30 minutes. Flashed back to 4.3 after I found out that exchange email is broken. Patiently waiting for 4.4.1.

43. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Jelly Bean at a whopping 54.5%? And here I am still rocking Gingerbread 2.3.7 on my Xperia U.

55. Takeharu

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Whatever you do, don't upgrade to 4.0! The Xperia U & Sola were screwed up by Sony, I rooted mine and downloaded CM10.1, it's worth it.

10. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Looks like I'm a part of the 1%. Love my Nexus 5. It blows my crappy S3 out of the water.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Duh. 2013 flagship > 2012 flagship

21. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

It blows almost every phone out of the water! Let alone a GS3.

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not my Note 3 it doesn't.

24. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

True, but it blows the Note 3 away in terms of pure Android experience and updates.

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's why there's CM and XDA. :)

32. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Knox and Exynos ruins that

29. Dowson unregistered

Note 3 is a plastic bag. Really dude spending 700 bucks for what? Latest snap dragon? The UI is so embarrassing that I can't believe u can appreciate that. Seriously... Gimmick pen? Sim lock?!?!? Knox?!? Open source in the most closed hw. Driver for the octacrap processor?

34. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

You don't know much about tech do you. It is one of the best devices overall, propably miles better phone that you have.

45. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol are you a little mad that it's probably the best phone ever made? You should probably use one before making such a hate comment. Everything about this phone screams premium to me. Troll.

35. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I am the 1.1% - also, after reading all the comments, I've been getting quite a few app updates to support kit kat specific features, which is pretty neat. For example, Super Hexagon updated to support vanishing nav buttons almost a week after I got 4.4 for my moto. That seems pretty quick to me (replying to a comment from above, because it's been a long day and I just can't work up the motivation to feed trolls.)

9. GeekMovement unregistered

Love the android updates. Excited for Kitkat, but love Jellybean too.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm perfectly fine with Jellybean. I am in no rush to update to KitKat.

26. GeekMovement unregistered

Same here. I'm not sure how much of a big change 4.4 will be for the Touchwiz skin, but Jellybean has been just fine for me as well. I just hope my note 2 gets the 4.3 update soon!

2. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

OMG, it took TWO YEARS for an OS version (ICS) to be of any meaning for the devs.

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Really because most devs have updated their apps to work on kitkat that had issues.

5. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Devs are lazy and some (like EA) are paid by Apple to slow down Android development. Don't believe me? Search up Fifa 13 and Plants vs. Zombies 2. Not necessarily Android's fault. BTW, if you're an Apple fan, why do you have the cyanogenmod logo?

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Your answer lies in comment #6.

16. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Paid by Apple? LOL What do you know about programming? If a new app runs fine on devs' iDevices, it also works fine on customers' ones. Android? Forget it. There are way too many factors to be considered, and TONS of compatibility tests have to be done. It takes time and money. You Androtakus always invent BS like this, always bashing Apple. That's ridiculous.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

"You Androtakus always invent BS like this, always bashing Apple. That's ridiculous" Because you don't bash Android or WP in every single post you make? Please do us all a favor and shut the hell up already. All you do is hate on everything and praise Apple. You pretend to sound so damn smart but your intelligence says otherwise. PA was better without you, and that's me being nice.

30. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

So you are inventing stories about me now : 1. I always told what's wrong about Android & co, sometimes with some technical in-depth information. If you don't agree with me and want to prove me wrong, do the same and rebut my arguments instead of attacking me. 2. When / where did I bash WP? Tell me. Stop spreading lies.

38. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

It is funny that you would make a comment like this because any time someone comes to the conversation and proves your comments wrong you are the one who goes on the offensive and call every one else "Brainwashed trolls" (your words not mine). So I will go so far as to say that the only one trolling in this string of comments is you sir.

40. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Just point out where when and how.

41. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

How about the other day when Michael posted his artical about how Google has him "Locked in" with google now. You like to try to start fights, call others names and run away after someone points out the flaws in your comments. Typical troll actions.

42. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Oh, that. There was actually someone thanking me for the link. Besides, the article was about Google locking-in customers, and my link was about Google locking-in OEMs. That's what I call analogy worth mentioning. What was the flaw in that? When someone cannot even recognize this kind of obvious analogy, how am I supposed to remain pursuasive?

48. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

AH yes! The bending of the truth. Yet another troll quality. You referenced an opinion artical (that had nothing to do with the artical that you commented on) and tried to play it off as a factual artical that google controled ALL OF ANDROID with an iron fist. When brough up that ASOP has been and is still to this point open for anyone to download off of the internet and how google had no responsability to make it services available past whom they wanted to have it your response was (and I quote): in response to #27 31. JakeLee (Posts: 199; Member since: 02 Nov 2013) So, Google is still the good guy? Stop dreaming. It used to pretend to be one at least, but it's now showing its true face supported by so many brainwashed trolls. Now thats what I call TROLLING. When presented with FACTUAL evidence that anyone (including your self) can verify, your response was to get mad and try to start to calling people names. I am done feeding the trolls for today so dont bother with a response.

49. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He's pathetic. Tries to act smart but ends up looking like an idiot in the long run. +1 to you sir.

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