Google: Android KitKat now runs on 21% of all Android devices


Released by Google in October 2013, Android KitKat is slowly but surely embracing more and more devices, as manufacturers are striving to provide updates to keep users happy. According to Google data gathered between August 5 and August 12, KitKat now runs on 20.9% of all Android devices. KitKat was at 17.9% in July, and 13.6% in June, so its steady growth is obvious.

While we now have fewer devices running Jelly Bean when compared to last month, this version of Android (including 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) is still the most widely used, being found on 54.2% of devices. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich currently powers 10.6% of Android devices, while 13.6% are stuck running 2.3 Gingerbread. Last on the list, still giving life to 0.7% of devices, is the very old Android 2.2 Froyo. Other Android versions, like Honeycomb or Éclair, are not listed because they account for less than 0.1%.

It will be interesting to see how things stand after Google launches the brand new Android L (currently available as a Developer preview for select Nexus devices). Let's hope the upgrade process won't be a painfully long one - though we're afraid that this is exactly what will happen in the case of some manufacturers.

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