New phones and fresh updates to Android 4.4 KitKat are finally boosting the distribution’s overall install base. In early March, Android 4.4 KitKat was installed on just 2.5 percent of all devices. It has now more than doubled, just a month later, according to the latest platform version report from Google.
As of April 1, Android 4.4 KitKat was installed on 5.3 percent of all Android devices. That gain is probably largely due to increased efforts by OEMs to push out updates to KitKat, in addition to new devices that are launching with the operating system pre-installed, like the HTC One (M8).
Android Jelly Bean (4.3, 4.2.x and 4.1.x) still has the lion’s share of the install base, and powers 61.4 percent of all Android devices. Gingerbread is still installed on a surprisingly high 17.8 percent of Android tablets and smartphones, followed by Ice Cream Sandwich (14.3 percent). Froyo has a tiny 1.1 percent share, followed by the ever lingering Honeycomb on just 0.1 percent of all devices (Our Editor-in-Chief’s treadmill runs Honeycomb oddly enough, and we think it may be the entire percentage left).
Over the course of the next few months, as new product releases hit the market and OEMs update devices, we’ll see Android 4.4 KitKat’s install base increase drastically.