We’re officially two days into a brand new month, and you know what that means, Android fans! Google today released its latest Android platform distribution numbers, giving developers and interested parties like ourselves insight into which versions of Android were used to access the Play Store over the past week. This latest batch of numbers is notable because it’s the first time that KitKat is a part of the results, appearing on a total of 1.1 percent of devices during the survey period.
Now we move from one of the smallest slices of the distribution pie to the largest. Android 4.1-Android 4.3 Jelly Bean finished the week-long survey period with a total market share of 54.5 percent, a 2.4 percent jump from November’s numbers. Meanwhile, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich dropped a percentage point and change to finish at 18.6 percent and Android 3.2 Honeycomb continued to hold steady with a share of 0.1 percent.
Moving on to the pre-3.x versions of Android, we come to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which managed to hold onto its second place position but also lost two percentage points to finish with a 24.1 percent share. Rounding out the pie chart is Android 2.2 Froyo with a market share of 1.6 percent.
Overall there’s nothing terribly surprising about these latest distribution numbers. Jelly Bean continues to grow, both because it spans three versions of Android and because it’s still the second-most recent version of the OS, meaning that many devices are still being updated to JB or coming to market with it preinstalled. The good news is that older versions like ICS and Gingerbread are still dropping as consumers upgrade to new software and hardware. And KitKat? Its share may be small now, but expect that slice of the pie to grow in the coming months as devices like the HTC One get their official Android 4.4 updates.
So, friends, now we have to ask: Which version(s) of Android are currently loaded onto your devices?