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Android 4.4 KitKat Has Been Installed on 1.1 Percent of Active Devices

by Ron Duwell | December 3, 2013December 3, 2013 8:00 am PST

December Android Dashboard chart

Google has revealed its monthly Android install base figures for December, and Android 4.4 KitKat is now installed on 1.1 percent of all active devices just one month after being formally revealed.

The latest Android version has only been rolled out to specific phones in that time frame, popping up on the Moto X, Nexus 5 and Google Editions for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, which no doubt helped it get an initial boost before the latest figures were published. Expect that number to rise significantly as standard issues phones across the board get the update.

Outside of the most recent Android version, Jelly Bean still accounts for over 50 percent of all users after passing the mark in last month, and even Ice Cream Sandwich holds a significant 18 percent share, putting almost 75 percent of all Android users on 4.0 or above.

Of course, these numbers aren’t set in concrete, but rather they are just an estimation so developers know where to aim when choosing to create software. 4.0 or above seems about the right spot these days, but Honeycomb still has a wayward tablet out there somewhere.


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