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...
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11. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I don't know if OEMs are lazy or updating process is hard, but Google should do something about this.

20. Guti986

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

I think Google has done a pretty decent job with KitKat. The updating process is hard indeed but the fact that now KitKat is good on any spec'd device gives insentive to just build with it out of the box, rather than opting for an older version. Plus if I'm not mistaken Google is now obligating OEMs to actually build any new devices with KitKat preinstalled. So Google has done something about it, its called KitKat. Reigning in the horses. Meanwhile on iOS, with its 6 devices? Is what? 85%? And Android with its +/-100 devices, is at 14% and growing at 3-5% a month. Takes time, but its not all black and white.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It's all up to the OEMs. The day after the Nexus devices started getting 4.4.3, Motorola started to roll out the same update to the Moto series phones. It may be a couple weeks before all of the Moto X/G/E get the update but it just goes to show that OEMs that care about timely updates to their OS have no reason other than to amend their own software to function properly with the latest release. (And they get numerous builds of the latest OS during the development process to prep for the initial release so really no excuses whatsoever).

33. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

But isn't it different with Moto? They're like the Nexus line in that they also come with stock/pure android. It might also have to do that those moto phones were released when Google still owned Motorola, so they might still have a say in when they get updates?

13. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Still hanging on to my Gingerbread phone until I get a OnePlus One or G3. Or maaaaybee an S5.

15. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

It actually seeems that mobiles are updated quite faster to kitkat than it was with the previous updates.

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

On your face haters.

17. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I guess you meant to say *In your face... FTFY ;)

19. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hello Thanks for the Correction.

21. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

14%! Impressive...not.

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Almost 85% of the devices are on Android 4.x.x....

25. FingerMyApple unregistered

While installing 2.x.x apps :)

28. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

You can not compare Ice Cream Sandwich with Kit Kat so please stop.

31. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

OK....72% are on JB or KitKat...still very good when you consider that it is up to the OEMs and carriers and not Google to push updates...

46. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

And, as a developer, this is what I care about. I don't care about anything but 4.x anymore. Whatever devices predating are 4.x out there, most will not be there in a few months, when an app under development is released.

30. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Android as its sits is an amazing OS and its installed on way more devices and has more freedom and amazing devices, cant the Apple people at least get to have some shine time with the newest OS installed on more devices. Or does the Android crowd have to win every category :-)

32. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Ummmm...OK...but, this article is an Android article...so....yeah...

35. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Love the Android haters, always trying to compare update percentages. Meanwhile, in the real world, few really care as the global market share continues to increase. If this was a small fraction of the problem iFans make it out to be, shares would be dropping. They're not.

39. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I blame the Manufacturers, not Google. Meanwhile JB and Kitkat is still at around 70%, so I think it's not that bad. However, It's not supposed to be a bad as you think, as many smartphones in emerging markets are not as well as updated, because of the lack of the knowledgebase that these people have to update, and that's where Android are most at.
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