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Android distribution numbers: KitKat doubles its share, but Jelly Bean still leads
Google has updated the Android distribution numbers, providing developers with an idea of which versions of Android are most commonly in use. We see no real surprises as Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean gain ground, and all the others either hold steady or drop in use.
The big news is that Android 4.4 Kitkat experienced growth from 2.5% of the market up to 5.3%. Likely thanks to a good handful of devices receiving updates to KitKat, and continued sales of quality lower cost devices, like the Moto G.
Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean grew from 17.1% to 18.1%, however the 4.1.x and 4.3 versions of Jelly Bean both experienced a near 1% drop each. However, this did not stop Jelly Bean from maintaining the lead with an overall 61.4% share of the Android market, down only 0.4% from the month previous.
Froyo dropped a fraction of a percentage while Gingerbread continues its downward trend, seeing a 1.3% drop from last month, up from the 1% drop the month previous.
What happens next?
This month should prove to shake things up a bit with a slew of new devices hitting store shelves. Flagship devices were announced in February, with the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTCOne (M8) and Sony Xperia Z2 all expected to land in consumers’ hands in April, all powered by Android 4.4 KitKat. Additionally, vendors like Xiaomi, OPPO and OnePlus have devices slated for market soon as well.
Beyond the next month, we have rumor that an updated KitKat is in testing, Android 4.4.3 could be available soon. It is also possible that we should see Google launch the next alphabetical Android version by the end of the year. The next version will begin with “L,” but after the surprise with “K,” we haven’t had any solid name rumors yet.
What do you think, will the delivery of all of the new flagship devices in April see KitKat double again? As KitKat grows, which version of Android do you expect will be the most reduced?