Jan 12 AT 2:15 AM Alex Wagner 24 Comments

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


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.


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?

Source: Android Developers

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  • philip

    I have a Nexus 5 running on 4.2.2

    • karan

      Interesting stuff. Could you tell me how/why you went back to Jelly Bean? :P

      • dreamcore

        I’m staying with 4.3 (on my Nexus 4)

        The 4.3 dialer, for one thing. The old Google Maps, another.

        Some new Android restrictions in 4.4 that I don’t recall, but developers are noting in some of my favourite apps. Perhaps someone can remind me.

        I like cyan.

    • nation of fragmentation

      wow thats a lot of android fragmentation

    • CarlyGoringavo

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  • dimz

    Xperia SP, 4.1.2

  • osman

    I am using the GS4 running Jelly bean 4.3 . Waiting on the 4.4 (kitkat)

  • ashish Chavan

    Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V running android 4.4.2 via cyanogenmod 11.

  • punzabi

    I have a nexus 4 running on 4.4.2

  • redraider133

    Good to see jelly bean being used more in devices. Hopefully kit kat will continue rising as more devices get updates.

  • Jinto

    If this has happened because of more and more OEMs sending out the updates Google can boast aabout these numbers. But we all know that is not the case.

  • Frank

    Samsung Galaxy S 1 Running Android 4.4 Kitkat. And it runs fast on that old hardware.

  • Jamie

    Realize these stats aren’t accurate but people checking into the GOogle Play Store. They’re probably a lot more on the lower OS versions. People with older OS versions aren’t necessarily downloading new apps all the time. Yet people who just got a new phone , which has KitKat, are 100% going to Google Play to redownload their apps.

    • dreamcore

      They may count the IDs connecting to auto-update rather than count every hit on the site.

  • saret phea

    my phone i-mobile IQ5.1A,andriod4.1.1can update to 4.4 kitkat?

  • Efrain

    4.4.2 on Nexus 4

  • Will Derries

    Nexus 5 running 4.4.2.

  • Christian

    I’m using 4.4.2 on both my Nexus 4 and my Asus TF101 (thanks to Timduru’s KatKiss on XDA!).

  • Stoxystocks

    My Samsung galaxy note 3 is running android 4.3. Hopefully 2014 will see the updates roll out from the manufacturers to the phones.

  • jerbear294

    I’ve got a Hisense Sero 7 Pro running 4.4.2 via a modified version of CyanogenMod 11 called taktiK.

  • Johnny Fever

    Nexus 7 running 4.4.2
    Motorola Droid mini running 4.2.2 waiting for Verizon OTA Kitkat. ANY DAY NOW

    Also 2 1/2 year old HP Touchpad running 4.4.2

  • Gill Android

    Mighty Note 2 running on 4.3 !!

  • stevegrew

    I just got the 4.3 on my S3. Hate it. It slowed my phone, sucks the battery and shrunk my text.
    The pastel generic faces on the contacts make my phone look like a 5 yr olds toy. The picture that is now present on the text shrinks the font. changing the font to the next size up is even more hideous. Several other issues were finally overcome after 3 separate calls to support. But these cannot be fixed. The biggest issue is that Google forced my maps to be updated. I used the old maps daily and had it set to never update because the new version does not have the functions I used. Now I either root my phone or toss it. I avoided Iphone since conception. Went through a lot of droid growing pains. Now they force me to own a device designed for grade school kids? I’ll be waiting for my upgrade in 2 months to finally switch to iphone.

  • donger

    Jelly bean on the rise.