Android and Me

Google posts fresh Android distribution stats, Jelly Bean and KitKat usage on the rise

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New month, new Android platform distribution numbers. After gathering data from all of the devices that accessed the Play Store during the 7-day period ending on Jan. 8, Google has shared the results on its official Android Developers website, giving us an idea of how widespread each of its desserts are.

The latest version of Android 4.4, also known as KitKat, managed to grow 0.3 percent from its December debut on Google’s chart, appearing on 1.4 percent of all devices surveyed. Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean leads the dessert pack once again, growing from 54.5 percent last month to 59.1 percent. Rounding out the Android 4.x group is 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a 16.9 percent share, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb represents the 3.x group with a share of 0.1 percent.

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After holding a tight grip on the top spot in these distribution stats for what seemed like an eternity, Android 2.3 Gingerbread has been steadily falling in recent months as consumers upgrade to fresher hardware. That trend continued again this month as Gingerbread finished with a share of 21.2 percent, a drop from the 24.1 percent share it had in December. Finally, Android 2.2 ended the survey period with a share of 1.3 percent.

It’s good to see adoption of both Jelly Bean and KitKat continue to grow at the expense of older versions of Android. The latest version of Google’s OS may have a small 1.4 percent slice of the Android pie so far, but that’s simply because it’s only been out of its wrapper for a couple of months at this point, meaning that the majority of Android 4.4-powered devices come from Google itself or its Motorola subsidiary. Expect that to change in the coming months as major manufacturers finish mixing Android 4.4 with their own custom overlays, complete carrier testing and then begin to push the tasty treat out to their flagship devices.

So now we have to ask: Which version(s) of Android are you currently rocking?