Dec 02 AT 9:46 PM Alex Wagner 21 Comments

Google’s latest Android distribution numbers show Jelly Bean growth, first appearance of KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat

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?

Source: Android Developers

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  • MrMrMan

    4.3 Jelly Bean on my Note 3.


    What’s the distribution numbers on the different versions of kit Kat? I still don’t understand why a Nexus 7 2012 has a different version of kit Kat than say a Nexus 5 or 7 2013.

    • clocinnorcal

      They have different hardware so naturally they will have different build numbers.


        Not build numbers. I’m talking about features. Software on nexus devices should be the same but they aren’t. Example, new folder colors and new homescreen features, new way to access widgets etc are missing from nexus 7 2012. Why?

        • Eric

          The launcher is not a feature. It’s an app.

          Can you imagine the fit users would have if they lost their entire homescreen setup? You have to think about the bigger picture. Nexus 5 launched with the new Launcher because it was a fresh phone. You can’t just go changing basic pieces without a user knowing.

          So either install GEL if you want the new launcher, or wait for Google to put it on the Play Store.

  • jimmy

    Still waiting for my 4.3 update #epic fail

    • Andy

      Get cyanogen then… The Jellybean 4.3 fully stable build was released today. CM 10.2.0

  • Pomacat

    Nexus 7 KitKat,Galaxy s4 KitKat naturally!!!!!!!

  • amandalisa

    Android KitKat on my lg Google nexus 4 (it was 4.3 job but I got update last week) Love kk:)

  • Jan

    Android 4.4 KitKat on my SGS II :)

  • ZRod

    4.4 on my Nexus 5 (obviously 4.4). Gah! Gingerbread needs to die. Not in real life tho… gingerbread is amazingly delicious.

  • rahul ghai

    when s duos will get jellybean update……reply fast…

  • Nicholas Vettese

    Kit Kat in my Nexus 5

  • Fida Hussain

    How to I upgrade my samsung galaxy 3 ?

  • rahul

    Hi. I am using Android 4.2.2 but I am updating to kit kat please help me,

  • spazby

    4.4 on nexus 5

  • jorgebirck

    KitKat on Samsung Galaxy S (i9000)

    Very fast and very stable:

  • Gill Android

    4.3 on my Note 2 :)

  • Danny Calderon

    Nexus 4 android 4.4 kitkat

  • newstrunk

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  • android botman

    if google really aims faster adoption rate for the kitkat os, they must perform notified updates via googleplay that users’ devices shall be updated to the latest os that their device is capable to run.

    google must have a firm resolve in their statement about kitkat to ensure majority of the android based phones and devices shall be updated in the latest os that the users’devices is capable of running rather than to delegate this task to the carriers and oems that load unnecessary apps that intrude, slow and therefore the “the google experience” is traumatizing.

    google play services app must be recoded not to eat battery. this app gets installed without users permission and while it might be helpful in google’s initiatives, it just worsens “the google experience”.

    apple will remain apple. period