Android 4.4 KitKat was announced five months ago, back in October of 2013, but it’s still installed on just a fraction of all Android devices. The latest figures from Google reveal that just 2.5 percent of all Android devices, including tablets, smartphones and anything in-between with access to Google Play, run Android 4.4 KitKat. Meanwhile, Android 4.x.x Jelly Bean still runs on a majority of Android powered products.
Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean has a 35.3 percent install base, while Android 4.2.x has a 17.1 percent install base and Android 4.3 is installed on 9.6 percent of all devices. Android 4.0.3 and Android 4.0.4 are collectively installed on 15.2 percent of all devices running Google’s mobile operating system, while a hilariously small 0.1 percent still operate on Honeycomb. Gingerbread has a 19 percent install base, and 1.2 percent of all devices run Froyo.
Oddly, the Jelly Bean installation figures, collectively, have increased since the last report in February. The main drop-offs come from just one version of Jelly Bean – 4.1.x – likely a result of upgrades being issued to existing handsets. Also, the Gingerbread install base dropped off 1 percent, and since those products probably aren’t being upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat, it’s more likely they’re being put out to pasture.
As the Galaxy S5, the All New HTC One and dozens of new Android 4.4 KitKat smartphones hit the market, the KitKat share should increase drastically.