Latest Android version distribution stats: 14% of all devices are now on KitKat

As some of you know, Google has gotten into the habit of releasing detailed Android platform distribution stats every month in order to help developers better understand the current state of the operating system. Said in simpler words, Google makes the respective market share of each major Android update public.

And while this is usually a dry topic in itself (and sometimes the spark that starts a full-out flame war), this time around we actually have an interesting development. Again, as some of you will likely know, the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update has been slow to gain share. Last month's stats had KitKat at 8.5%, while during the month before that, the last major update sat at just 5.3%. May has been very good to KitKat, however, and the platform now holds 13.6% of the entire Android pie. That's a non-trivial hike of over 5% in 30 days.

If there are winners, though, there have also got to be losers -- that's just how it works. In this case, KitKat's rise was at the expense of Jelly Bean (58.4% from 60.8% last month), Ice Cream Sandwich (12.3% from 13.4% last month), and, lastly, Gingebread (14.9%, down from 16.2% a month ago).

Obviously, Gingerbread's resilience is both undeniable and troubling. Unfortunately, apart from waiting out for these devices to eventually reach the end of their life cycle, it doesn't seem like anything can be done. On a brighter note, we do expect KitKat to continue its rise, especially now that a number of manufacturers have announced entry-level handsets that ship out with the latest update pre-installed.

source: Android



1. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

one of my phone is still on froyo :D and i happy with that....

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Fragmentation still goes on today when updates should be more consistent and guaranteed for at least two years.

38. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Why worry on some non-guaranteed 2 year updates while the so called 'Two years old phone update' lags badly running the latest OS?

40. sgodsell

Posts: 7318; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Another way to look at this is Android Jelly Bean and KitKat are on 72% of all Android phones.

41. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Well I have no problems with this as this doesn't really matter to me. There are thousands of Custom AOSP or stock ROMs that can be downloaded over xda. But however, it's still pretty nice for android itself if google improves this Update fiasco.

45. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Or Android 4.x makes up about 85% of such phones.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Do I hear denial in your voice?

49. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Yes, I am denying laggy updates.

48. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

and android froyo is still more advanced than iOS 8

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not bad, you really have to look at the context of those numbers to appreciate them. Android sold about 1 billion devices last year alone. Assuming around the same number this year, that will mean that over 140 million devices MINIMUM are on KitKat. For that matter, if at least half of the phones sold this year release with KitKat, likely that number will be about 500 million or so devices with KitKat (carefully chosen numbers those are).

43. sgodsell

Posts: 7318; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

People are forgetting how many devices have KitKat already. There are lots of new devices from Samsung's, HTC, Sony, Motorola, LG, and many more pumping out KitKat hardware. Not to mention a number of them are supplying KitKat updates to all of the flagships from 1-2 years ago.

3. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Not compared to how many people are on iOS 7. Hate on Fandroids.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Funny how when comparing ios7 its Android 4.4 and not android 4.x (i.e. all 4.1,4.2,4.3 and 4.4 included). Don't try pull an apple on well-educated people. Its okay in your holy mecca, WWDC, to fudge numbers to your advantage but no need to insult general people by enforcing your made up stats as facts and then call people 'fandroids' for no apparent reason. If you take all devices with android 4.x its 84.3%.

7. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

that's because both ios 7 and kitkat were released last 4.1 was released 2 years back...before ios 6 kitkat is android's latest version so obviously everyone will compare it with ios 7 and not getting updates is really annoying...i manually updated my nexus 5 to 4.4.3 after waiting for 2 days.

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Would be interesting to see how to chart goes with Nexus devices.

27. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Wow that's really funny. I love how you guys change you tunes constantly. Are you serious going to tell me Ice Cream Sandwhich and Kit Kat are in the same league???? You can not put all the 4.x devices into 1 category. If your doing that then you might as well put iOS 1-6 in the same category as well. And whats still funny is that iOS 7 is installed on 89% of Apple devices which is still higer than the 84 you mentioned.

29. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I just made fun of Apple and Android in the same comment I must be turning into a Windows person lol

47. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1774; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Congrats your phone wins at updates. It still sucks ass, as well as your attitude :)

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

LOL, at least "fandroids" don't cry and threaten to take legal action when forced to "upgrade" to a new iOS. I remember people up in arms about iOS 7. Every version of Android is an undeniable improvement over the last. While not all devices will have the option to upgrade (Just like Apple iPhones), at least users aren't forced to download a several hundred MB file and given frequent reminders to install update to the latest version or risk sacrificing functionality.

34. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

How many of those iOS 7 people have the full version instead of a stripped down version, devoid of all the features and options? Thought so.

36. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

it's the same case even in android....lets take an example....when the galaxy s4 is updated to android 4.4.3 it will never get all the features available in the will get a striped down version .

5. FingerMyApple unregistered

No reason to update kitkat, most of the android app still taste like gingerbread anyway (except google now taste jellybean) Swype and swiftkey is developing ios8 apps already and still none of the kitkat app developed so why bother upgrade?

9. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

its okay as long as google doesn't change the design lang of android. if they change it like apple did with ios 7 then the developers will have to face some problems, they have to decide whether or not to update the apps straight away because if they are updated, they will not work properly on the older versions and if they are not updated, then they won't match with the newer design.

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

The f**k I just read, you get high before posting? Or you're delusional all time

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You really need to brush up on your language. Can't understand your mumbo jumbo.

42. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Never go full Retard... Well Never feed the troll, literally.

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"Obviously, Gingerbread's resilience is both undeniable and troubling." What's troubling about it? The last Gingerbread phones were really put out in the summer of 2012, almost two years ago. The last MAJOR Gingerbread releases were in early 2012. By this point anyone who WANTS to get rid of their Gingerbread phone can easily do so, at least in the US. I personally think it speaks to the fact that people are satisfied enough with a 4 year old build of Android to keep using it well past its "best by" date. Its share will keep dropping, and Kitkat will rise in response. I think a big part of Kitkat's jump in share has been the release of major flagships like the S5 which run it. As more and more Kitkat phones get released it'll wrestle majority share away from Jelly Bean for sure. I mean, hell, look at Froyo. All of those phones are way, WAY past their expiration date, and it's still holding onto a percentage point.

14. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Well most of the apps today still can serve phones in Gingerbread. Maybe if we can see what majority of phones still has those GB flavoring maybe then we see the bigger picture on why they still hold on to those.

8. MarioG

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

RIP Honeycomb.

10. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

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