May 03 AT 8:30 AM Alex Wagner 12 Comments

Android 4.4 KitKat grows to 8.5 percent in latest platform distribution stats

Android 4.4 KitKat

Adoption of Android 4.4 KitKat has steadily been increasing in recent months, going from 1.8 percent in February to 2.5 percent in March and then jumping to 5.3 percent in April. This month saw KitKat’s biggest growth yet, with the newest version of Android claiming nearly 1/10th of all devices.

Google has updated its Android platform distribution stats, which surveys all devices that access the Play Store during a 7-day period ending on May 1. During that survey period, 8.5 percent of devices were running Android 4.4 KitKat. Meanwhile, Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean finished at 60.8 percent, a slight drop from its 61.4 percent share in April. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich also fell, dropping from 14.3 percent in April to 13.4 percent in May.


Moving on to pre-4.x versions of Android, we see that 3.2 Honeycomb is still clinging to the same 0.1 percent share that it’s had for several months now. Android 2.3 Gingerbread dropped from 17.8 percent in April to 16.2 percent in May, and Android 2.2 Froyo also dropped slight, going from 1.1 percent in April to an even 1.0 percent in May.

We’ve seen quite a few devices with KitKat lately, including flagship devices like the Galaxy S5 and One (M8) that came with it preloaded and existing phones like the Note 3 and Galaxy S 4 that got updated. That’s why it’s no surprise to see Android 4.4 experiencing such growth every month. It’s still a welcome sight, though, as it’s always good to see more consumers getting access to the latest and greatest software.

So now we have to ask: Which versions of Android are you all running?

Source: Android Developers

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  • Bella

    I am still running Android 4.2 Jelly bean version on my two year old HTC Droid DNA which is right now placed on qi wireless charger . However, the latest 4.4 KitKat version is available for it but I am not interested to update it on my Smartphone as I become use to of Jelly Bean now that according to me is the best version of android so far.

    • Marlin Keim

      Kit Kat is almost like jelly bean except for a few ui changes and better performance. You’ll honestly get better battery life and the experience will be much smoother

      • joe

        When can i get kitkat for my t-mobile samsung galaxy s3??!!

      • Barney

        With kitkat you’ll lose full access to your sd card. Do not upgrade. I have a note 3 but staying on jelly bean

    • Donald Sterling

      Thats interesting, because Kentucky also has around 8.5 percent blacks and 90 percent whites. Just sayin

    • Howard Bamber

      It’s well known kk is an evolution of jb with better performance, interface and runs faster and smoother on old phones like yours. Get up to date. Nexus5 kk

  • roolkiy

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  • rockchalk06

    I’m still waiting for Verizon to get off their collective asses.

    • Jim

      I have up years ago being cutting edge version with Verizon

  • donger

    Kit kat up.

  • tarun

    i have sony xperia-C, can u tell me how can i installed latest kitkat version???

  • Abdur Rauf

    i have htc incredible s 710e
    i want to update android 4.4 in this phone.
    kindly anyone tell me the best and suitable way to update as soonas possible.