Historically, the sheer number of devices launched by manufacturers has occasionally prevented them from keeping up with the latest version of Android. Ever since the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat, though, that trend has begun to shift.
As revealed in the Android distribution numbers released by Google in December 2014, KitKat’s domination of the Android market has been hard to miss. Just one month ago, Android 4.4 KitKat registered on more than 33 percent of all the Android devices out there (at least, the ones being registered at all by visiting the Google Play Store app). Now, though, KitKat continues to show its stubbornness in the market as has grown to 39.1 percent in distribution numbers.
The rest of the chart shows a commonality across the different versions of Android: a general decrease in distribution. Android 4.1.x through 4.3 saw a decline in distribution across the board, with Android 4.3 showing on 6.5 percent of devices in the latest report, compared to 7.0 percent of devices last month. Android Ice Cream Sandwich is now registering on 6.7 percent of devices, while in December it registered on 7.8 percent. Finally, Android Gingerbread is now showing up on 7.8 percent of devices, while in December it showed up on 9.1 percent.
As was the case in December, Android 5.0 Lollipop is not registering on the chart just yet, but that should change soon enough.