Android KitKat - Yellow and Red Mascots Back to Back, Variation

Android distribution numbers have been released for a 7-day period ending on Dec. 1, again showing the slow, slow spread of Android 4.4 KitKat. Last month, Google’s figures revealed the last-generation version of Android just broke the 30-percent mark; this month distribution is up to nearly 34-percent. The progress is slow, but there’s a discernible change from month to month. Jelly Bean is still the dominant version currently out on the market—other versions, such as Froyo and Ice Cream Sandwich, are steadily declining into obscurity. Gingerbread remains at 9-percent.

Although Android 5.0 Lollipop was released with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 in October, there’s no data just yet. “Any versions with less than 0.1% distribution are not shown,” Google says. Either Lollipop has less than 0.1-percent, or Google is refraining from providing data. In addition to rolling out on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 out of the box, Lollipop has hit older Nexus devices, while Motorola has been quick to update the Moto X. Other phone makers are currently working on bringing Android 5.0 to its handsets, so we’ll see if there are any noticeable changes when figures are released early next month.

Lollipop is easily Google’s best and most beautiful version of Android, and it deserves to be on your device. Hopefully companies don’t dilly-dally and get updates pushed out sooner rather than later. For now, Jelly Bean is the undisputed Android champ, followed closely by KitKat. We’ll see how much that changes next month.