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