November Android numbers show KitKat up to 30%

November Android numbers show KitKat up to 30%
Today brought the official release of the Nexus 9 and Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it has also brought the updated Android distribution numbers for the ecosystem. Interestingly, it appears as though the Android 4.4 KitKat adoption might be speeding up a bit. KitKat was up to just over 30% for October, which is up 5.7% from last month. That is a pretty sizable jump for KitKat. Going from August to September saw KitKat up 3.6%, and July to August was an increase of 3%. It should be interesting to see if KitKat will keep gaining steam now that Android 5.0 is here, and manufacturers are hard at work on that update. 

All other versions of Android saw declines for October. Android 2.3 Gingerbread dropped from 11.4% to 9.8%; Ice Cream Sandwich was down from 9.6% to 8.5%; and, Jelly Bean went from 53.8% to 50.9%. 

It should be interesting to see how Android 5.0 Lollipop premiers next month. If Google can push the update to all the scheduled Nexus devices before the measurements are done for December, it could have a relatively strong showing for an Android update. When KitKat first launched, it only captured 1.1% of the market in its first month. 


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10 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

My customers still happy for their android 4.2 phone, no bugs no lags, and mostly cost below $200

5. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Glad you keep in touch with all of them.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

So you mean you ruined them with mediocretek chipset phones which can't be updated to kitkat and are stuck at 4.2! Poor them.

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You're happy but are they happy knowing that they are stuck with 4.2?

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Weird that Kitkat saw an even bigger increase this month when the only major Android release between September and October was Motorola's lineup.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Hope most of the OEMs update their phones instead of releasing same type of phones with KitKat / Lollipop.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Impressive, Google took some really neat steps for forcing OEMs to make phones with kitkat out of the box.

8. Metamorphosis

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

I'm running Gingerbread (CM7) on my HTC HD2 and i'm satisfied with it as long as its able to run the applications that i need. I'm able to run nearly all versions of Android (even the kitkat rom exists) and many versions of Windows Phone on a phone which was shipped with old Windows Mobile 6.5 , lets not forget about other OS like Firefox. I know that the rooting community are rather small but IMHO many people do care about the Apps and not the OS number. Thats why i dont feel the need of upgrading my phone in near future. i should thank software developers for Continuing to support older releases of android. (sorry for bad english)

10. TBomb

Posts: 1563; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

These are good numbers... almost 90% are running 4.0.3 or higher. The reason it's not as high as iOS is because the specs inside the phone range from low-end to high end with many many choices in between which makes some not able to upgrade. Unlike the iphone, the only upgrades to the 6 from the 4 (from a internal specs POV) is 512mb of ram and 400mhz... and to my knowledge the 4 can't run iOS 8. So I'd say those numbers are actually really good given the variety of android devices available.

11. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

There are people still running Froyo?

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