Almost 60 percent of active Android devices run Jelly Bean, KitKat registers small growth

by: Bogdan PetrovanJanuary 13, 2014

Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean

Google published its Platform Versions statistics for January 2014, reflecting the steady growth of Jelly Bean and the decline of the venerable Gingerbread.

The latest version figures from Google show the effect of a wave of updates to Android 4.3 that rolled out in the past month, as well as strong sales of devices like the Note 3 and LG G2 over the holidays period.

The most popular Android version in the week ending on January 8, 2014 was Android 4.1, with close to 36 percent, followed by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which was released more than three years ago, with a little over 21 percent. Runners up are Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 4.2 and 4.3, the two versions that registered the biggest growth compared to the stats from December 2013.

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After a relatively good top entry in December, the share of Android 4.4 KitKat grew with 0.3 percent in the last month. Among the high profile devices that received Android 4.4 KitKat in this interval are versions of the Moto X and the Moto G.

Google considers active the devices that have accessed the Play Store in the previous 30 days. This does not include devices running Android 2.2 or lower and devices that do not run Google’s licensed applications, including the Play store app.

  • “Each snapshot of data represents all the devices that visited the Google Play Store in the prior 7 days.” Not 30 days as listed in the article.

  • MasterMuffin

    It was a smart move from Google to name 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 as Jelly Bean (plus the new way of calculating the numbers), now they can show charts that don’t look so sad :)

    • Dominic Edcel

      They named it all JellyBean because there’s no major improvements within. While in 4.4 theres a huge revamp in skins, apps and more. They also introduced ART, and lastly, the theme is now white instead of blue.

      • Jayfeather787

        Well MasterMuffin has a point. The number of users running 4.1.2 is probably more than 4.2 and 4.3 put together, and this looks like 60% of android users have the second latest version of the OS, though some may have the third and fourth latest.

  • Andrew White

    Why is this even an article?
    Who chooses Jellybean or Gingerbread over Kitkat? You buy a phone or tablet, probably initially on what you can afford and then you hope that just maybe you get an upgrade… day!
    Is Google in league with manufacturers to encourage buyers to spend more on disproportionally bloated (software) higher end products by not offering Kitkat at the lower levels.
    The aim should be about getting quality leading edge product out to existing customers who in turn will in turn sell its attributes to others more easily. ‘Everyone wins’.

  • Jayfeather787

    Does this include custom Rom’s? I hope so because I have two devices running kit kat, that should not be running kit kat.

    • Shark Bait

      Yep, its anything that access play services, kinda gives you an idea of custom rommers and nexus users

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  • Jusephe

    Almost 60 percent of those 60 percent are running the oldest jelly bean version which is 1,5 years old.

  • tech4life

    Well android is still very fragmentated, and that will probably never change. I only have one device that runs kitkat, and that’s my 2012 Nexus 7. Everything else I have either has 4.2.2, 4.1.2 or 4.0.4.

  • Android Developer

    I wonder what is the percentage of kitkat users who have a nexus device or a custom rom, compared to others.

  • apianist16

    Nexus and GPe FTW!