Platform stats for February are in: steady growth for Android 4.2 and higher
Google’s latest version statistics show a slight uptick for KitKat and Jelly Bean, while older versions of Android cling on to their share.
For the week ending February 4, Google’s platform version figures show that KitKat grew its share of active devices from 1.4 to 1.8 percent. The small share of the latest version of Google’s operating system is due to the relative small number of devices launching with KitKat on board (mainly the Nexus line) or receiving the KitKat update in the past weeks. Among these are versions of the Moto X, Moto G, HTC One, and the Galaxy Note 3.
As OEMs rolled out updates and people replaced old gadgets, Android 4.2 and 4.3 also grew modestly compared to January.
At the other end of the scale, Gingerbread is about to finally go below 20 percent, while Honeycomb and Froyo managed to hold on to their single digit figures.
Google counts as active devices that have visited the Play Store in the prior seven days, which excludes old devices that cannot run the update Play Store app, as well as Android devices that don’t run Google’s apps, such as the Kindle line or the millions of devices sold in China.
To aid developers prioritize their efforts, Google also released statistics on screen size, screen density, and OpenGL distribution. Head over to the Dashboard page to check them out in detail.