July Android platform numbers show KitKat gaining steam

July Android platform numbers show KitKat gaining steam
It is once again the first Monday of the month, which means it is time for Google to update the Android platform distribution numbers in order to help developers know what the app-using population of Android looks like. And, as has been the recent trend, KitKat continues to gain steam, while other versions of Android take the hit.

At the beginning of June, we saw that KitKat jumped an impressive 5.1% from 8.5% in May to 13.6%, and at the same time, all other major versions dropped. This month, KitKat is once again up, and now makes up 17.9% of the ecosystem. That's solid movement for an Android update. KitKat is up 12.6% since April, and shows no signs of slowing down, especially with Android L not coming for at least another two or three months. In terms of the other Android versions, everything is on the decline, as we said. Jelly Bean (Android 4.1-4.3) is now down to 55.5% from its peak of 62% back in March. Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) slipped a bit to 11.4%, and Gingerbread (Android 2.3) is down to 13.5%. 

With most major manufacturers promising Android L updates to current flagships within three months of its release, we may not see KitKat rise to the levels of Jelly Bean or Gingerbread, which both peaked at over 60% of the ecosystem. But, it should still be interesting to see how high KitKat can get. 



1. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Way to go Android. You are the best mobile platform, bar none. Now if you can hurry up with L or Lollipop. That would be great. Oh and while your at it Google, hurry up and get Glass released in other countries and I also want a project Ara unit. I feel like I should be on Google Santa's knees or something ;-)

3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Waiting for the L update.

2. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Love the momentum KitKat has. I hope Android L has an even better adoption rate. Until then, everybody hop aboard the KitKat train.

4. mturby unregistered

cool android, now go ask samsung to f***ng update the rest of the capable phones!

6. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Get a Nexus device.

5. Busyboy unregistered

Kitkat will probably peak around 20% until Android L is out

7. rocky46ruet

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

Take mediateke support. Bcz most of 4.2.2 mobile is mediateke. If mediateke can support kitkat then 80 percent phone can update into kitkat

12. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

mediatek will support 4.4.4 and even android L when google android one hit the market.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Wow this is probably the fastest adopted droid version in recent years. Kudos to Google and OEMs.

9. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Keep in mind the percentages are calculated differently now as opposed to when Gingerbread, ICS, and maybe JB were out.

10. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

bloated UI's gonna get jealous on Android L's UI

11. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

@Michael Heller I think the main reason that Kit kat gaining market share, and JB/ICS loosing market share is because all the new phone mostly kit kat. So, maybe the JB/ICS phone/user is only loosing small amount, but big as percentage.

13. Ifko42

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 23, 2009

Just to be mathematically correct: If you have jump from 8.5 % to 13.6 %, the jump is 62.5 % (or 5.1 percent points).

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