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Android 4.4 KitKat Market Share Jumps

by Todd Haselton | June 5, 2014June 5, 2014 7:00 pm PDT


Android 4.4 KitKat has been steadily gaining market share as new devices are introduced with the operating system, and as OEMs and carriers issue updates to older devices. The latest version of Android is now installed on 13.6 percent of all Android devices, as of June 4, according to new data published by Google. That’s up from just a 2.5 percent install base back in March and up about 5 percent since last month.

The figures were likely boosted thanks to the introduction of several new flagships, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and even most recently the LG G3. Low-cost devices that attract larger audiences, like the Motorola Moto E, Moto G and Moto X, are also likely still contributing to the increase in KitKat’s install base. Since Jelly Bean’s install base decreased, it’s also probably safe to assume that those handsets and tablets have either been retired or have since been updated to KitKat.

Android 4.4.3 is now rolling out to some handsets and it’s possible we’ll hear details on an even newer version of Android during Google I/O later this month, which could certainly change the install base figures all over again.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...