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Android distribution numbers: Jelly Bean leads with 62% market, KitKat now controls 2.5%
Today Google updated its Platform Versions distribution page for the month of March, which is designed to give developers a better idea of what versions of Android are most commonly in use.
So what’s the verdict? Back in November, we first reported that Android Jelly Bean (4.1 to 4.3) made up just a tiny bit over 50% of the Android market. Fast-forwarding to the latest numbers, 62% of active Android users are now rocking Android Jelly Bean.
Not surprisingly, Gingerbread comes in second place with 19% market share, and ICS holds 15.2%. On the bright side, KitKat is starting to see some growth with 2.5%, and will likely continue to do so as more Android flagship devices rollout their Android 4.4 updates in the near future.
After KitKat comes Froyo, which is still clinging on to life with 1.2%. Honeycomb is also still hanging by a thread at a measly .1%.
Looking back just a month
While these numbers are a pretty dramatic change from what we in November of last year, the month-to-month change isn’t nearly as big. Compared to February’s numbers, Android 4.4 has gone up just .7% and Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) went up 1.3%.
The real change, however, is that Android 4.0 and older are starting to shrink at an ever-increasing rate. Android 4.0 actually dropped .9% compared to last month’s numbers,with Gingerbread dropping a whole percentage. Interestingly enough, Honeycomb didn’t change at all, though Froyo did go down .1%.
So what do the numbers mean?
It depends on how you look at things. On one hand, it’s clear that some form of fragmentation exists in the world of Android — even if most apps work on all popular versions of Android. On the other hand, we are slowly but surely seeing the less-modern versions of Android go the way of the dinosaur.
If current trends continue, it is very possible that Gingerbread and ICS could somewhere around or lower than the 10-percent mark by the year’s end. Even better news, Froyo and Honeycomb could pretty much be gone for good. Of course, at the end of 2014 Android 4.4 KitKat won’t be the latest version of Android, though it is certainly possible that we’ll still be rocking KitKat with a different version number.
What do you think, is Android fragmentation a real issue or is the problem over-exaggerated by the media and general public? Where do you believe KitKat will be by the year’s end?