Aug 12 AT 8:19 PM Nick Sarafolean 4 Comments

August Android distribution numbers show steady bump for KitKat

Android 4.4 Kitkat

It’s August again and you know what that means? Android distribution numbers are back for another monthly recap of how our favorite OS continues to grow. And grow it has, as KitKat continues to get larger.

Up a flat 3 percent from last month, KitKat is now sitting at 20.9 percent of the Android market share. The growth came from Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, both of which are down slightly, as expected. In a humorous twist of events, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is up 0.1 percent from last month. Considering the age of Gingerbread, we can allow ourselves a slight chuckle that it grew in the past month.

August Android Distribution Numbers

All three versions of Jelly Bean still maintain the majority share with 54.2 percent, but KitKat continues to grow. With Android L’s public release drawing near however, we’re unsure of how these numbers will change. As such a large release, most manufacturers will shift their attention away from KitKat and focus rather on devices getting to Android L. We’ll be back next month to report on how Android’s looking. In the meantime, keep on Android-ing!

Source: Google

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  • Guest

    L needs to. Launch

    IPhone 6 & ios 8 is gonna get a big jump & drown Android out otherwise

  • Mil

    Ok, what I don’t get is everyone talks about how Android fragmentation doesn’t exist because every version of Android since Gingerbread, uses the Google Play Services Framework as a base and that all the experience is from Apps that use that. Therefore, whether you’re on an old OS or a newer one, you’ll still get most of the latest experience and thus the Android OS version is less relevant. I somewhat agree with this thinking, but what I don’t understand, if this is the case then why doesn’t Google show the graph above based on the version of Google Play Services Framework being used? Surely that’ll be a more accurate picture. Can they not tie the Development API targeting to a version of the Google Play Services Framework? Then this will truly make the Android OS version irrelevant in terms of fragmentation.

  • Bart

    I added up the numbers, expecting it to fall somewhat short of 100% because it doesn’t include (as stated in the graphic) anything with less than 0.1 distribution. Surprisingly, the numbers do add up to exactly 100%. That tells me that they must be including anything lower than 2.2 Froyo into the Froyo count.

    • Nick Sarafolean

      Nothing below Froyo is counted in this count as versions older than Android 2.2 don’t support the latest versions of the Google Play Store that allow for counting. Thus, the Android distribution numbers actually show all Android devices running 2.2 Froyo and up.