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Android Distribution Numbers Show KitKat Still On A Slow Roll

by Brandon Russell | May 3, 2014May 3, 2014 9:00 am PST

Android KitKat - Red Mascot Feast

We probably make a bigger deal out of distribution numbers than necessary, but… Be that as it may, KitKat, an update introduced by Google in October of last year, is only at 8.5-percent (up from 5.3-percent last month) after seven months of availability. Now, granted, the most recent swath of flagships are covered, so it’s a matter of getting the millions and millions of older handsets stuck on Jelly Bean up to snuff. Jelly Bean, incidentally, is now over 60-percent distribution, making up the lions share of Android currently out there.

Meanwhile, Honeycomb is virtually nonexistent, while Froyo continues to hang in there at a measly 1-percent. Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich are also still in the mix, with 16.2-percent and 13.4-percent, respectively. There’s nothing surprising here, really. Every month as new devices come out, more and more get upgraded (or launch with) KitKat, and that’s good! Apple, meanwhile, is still going strong with iOS 7 on almost 90-percent of devices on the market. Next month, KitKat will go up, other versions will go down. Repeat.

Android Distribution May 2014

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