Jelly Bean still remains on 60.8% of Android devices; KitKat up to 8.5%

Jelly Bean still remains on 60.8% of Android devices; KitKat up to 8.5%
You know that the calendar has turned to a new month when Google releases the new distribution numbers for the different builds of Android. So let's get right to the news you want to hear about. KitKat is now powering 8.5% of Android devices, up from 5.3% last month. That happens to be the same percentage of Android devices powered by Android 4.3.

Overall, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) is on a majority of devices powered by Google's open source OS. The percentage of phones and tablets driven by Jelly Bean is 60.8%. Perhaps the biggest shocker is that there are more devices currently running Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3 through 2.3.7) than Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3 through Android 4.0.4).

The data was collected from visitors to the Google Play Store over the last seven days ended May 1st. As far as Android 4.5 is concerned, earlier this year there was speculation that Google would bypass an introduction at the annual Google I/O developer conference, and would instead announce the next major build of Android during the following month.

source: Google via AndroidCentral

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47 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

OMG, poor FROYO is losing ground...SOMEONE buy a cheap older Android phone and use FROYO...or maybe even flash an older FROYO ROM onto your current Android phone - SHOW FROYO SOME LOVE!!! before it is too late.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Or you can buy some Froyo on the supermarket, gotta love that sweet and sour awesomeness.

45. sgodsell

Posts: 7204; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Froyo was popular in its day, but how is honeycomb still holding out. It came out and went very quickly. It was the first version of Android on a tablet. Then Google quickly merged the tablet and phone OS together to make ICS 4.0. As everyone knows now. Its the same Android OS on a tablet, laptop, and phone now.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Now, where is the KitKat update for my Xperia Z? The KitKat is melting now.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7204; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

22. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

it is certified , just wait , it is coming out soon ~

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Wow, Gingerbread is an ancient Android version but 16.2% of Androids are still running it... Why, just why...

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Most are blamed on manufacturers...and some are blamed for the underpowered chipset that is under the hood of the device.

46. sgodsell

Posts: 7204; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Google also set a minimum standard on a GPU and open gl. Starting with KitKat you must have a minimum of 512mb of ram and a GPU that supports opengl ES 2.0. Before KitKat the minimum was ES 1.0.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

And, if it still works, why change? Funny thing is that my Captivate stopped at 2.3.7, but the XDA DEVs got it all they way to at least 4.2.2.

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Single core device owners are regretting updating to ICS.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7204; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Another way to look at it is 82.7 are running ICS 4.0 and above.

23. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

My friend hates his Galaxy S 2 after he updated it to Jelly Bean. He says Gingerbread worked a lot better.

24. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

mine worked perfectly. But i eventualy got fed up of ugly touchwiz and embraced cyanogenmod and never looked back. Missing my S2.

27. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah. S2 was a great device!

30. palmguy

Posts: 979; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I agree on that one. Mine went into a coma a few months afterwards. My OG Sprint Palm Pre outlasted it. Still runs today almost 8yrs later. Rest in peace webOS. :(

32. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The same reason my mother still uses a 10 year old Nokia candybar phone. It suits her needs and she doesn't want to upgrade. Incidentally, my father still uses my Droid X.

7. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

can you even get kitkat on ALL Q4 2013 android devices?

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

yeah, if you go to XDA - just about any high end device has a 4.4.x ROM for it...

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

except mediatek devices..........

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7204; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They seem to be on 4.2.2

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

stucked

38. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Lack of support, it's a shame really, don't know how is MediaTek expecting to compete against Qualcomm if their software support is crap.

41. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

shoulda fixed my comment to be clear on what i want to say. technically yes but still needs rooting and voiding warranty - requiring a geeky brain

8. mturby unregistered

who to BLAME? manufacturers and carriers...samsung..verizon...LG...sprint... and some others...why a dual core/1 GB ram has to remain on JB??? Kitkat is already capable of working on 512 RAM...Basically Google is wasting time and money working on updates that onlye 10% of the android users will know and njoy!!!

9. mturby unregistered

Basically Google is wasting time and money working on updates that onlye 10% of the android users will know and njoy!!!

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

hmmm, it is starting to change - I think this new program they are starting after the Nexus program will help bring people quicker to the latest ANdroid OS - As long as you have 4.2.2 or higher then you are all set.Having the latest is not always necessary. But, weird about how the devices with 1GB RAM are not getting the latest update - XDA devs will help with this...

21. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Android Silver might still be a bit far off, starting off in the US and developed markets then rolling out to the rest later on. We're talking something like one and a half years. Not to mention they have to get it out there with enough promo material and players signed on.

34. mturby unregistered

people should not have to root their phone to get an update. my mother, 56 yrs shouldn't have to hack a phone and it is not fair for google. xda people are working on custom software instead of enjoying the real android as google releases it.

37. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Depending on how old her phone is, she may not have to root her phone in order to get her update. Furthermore, it's good that developers work on custom ROMS. Without their work, my Atrix would still be on Gingerbread. Instead, it has a fairly workable version of Jelly Bean, and works really smoothly too.

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