While aging Android versions like 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.2 Honeycomb and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich continue their descent to the abyss, 4.4 KitKat is still struggling to gain momentum as 4.1 Jelly Bean increases its chokehold on the mobile world.
The most popular Android build accounted for over a third of Google Play visits between January 1 and 8. 35.9 percent, to be specific, though the number has to be summed up with the market shares of the other two Jelly Bean flavors, 4.2 and 4.3.
Together, the three yielded an impressive 59.1 percent total, up from 54.5 percent 30 days ago. 4.2 leapt from 12.9 percent to 15.4 percent, whereas 4.3 boosted its figures with close to 4 points (4.2 percent last month, 7.8 percent now).
Fragmentation is thus becoming less and less of a real issue in the Android décor, albeit once 4.4 updates will start rolling out to more than a handful of Nexus, Moto-made and ultra high-end Samsung devices, the concerns are to return. Especially as the upgrading perspectives of mid-rangers older than a year look far from stellar.
As things stand, KitKat is a mere blip on JB’s radar, with just 1.4 percent of Google-powered gadgets being up to date. And while 4.4 is growing, an 0.3 percent monthly increase pace means the OS is to become dominant in… over a year. Of course, that’s a hypothetical situation, and a more realistic prediction would be 4.4 will hit double digits in a couple of months tops.
Interestingly, Honeycomb, although obsolete, refuses to die, maintaining its bare minimum share of 0.1 percent, Froyo has even more juice left in it, at 1.6 percent, and Ice Cream Sandwich is fairly steady, losing less than 2 points compared with December distribution numbers: 16.9 percent vs. 18.6 percent.
Finally, Gingerbread, now two years old, continues to run on one in five Android gizmos (21.2 percent, down from 24.1 percent), which is truly a perfect testament to the platform’s inability to fully get with the times. Mind you, Gingy’s piece of the pie is 15 times bigger than KitKat’s.