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Android KitKat sweetens 1.1 percent Android devices within a month after launch

Android 4.4 KitKat is now running on 1.1 percent of active Android devices, roughly a month after it was made available.


The data comes from Google’s latest Android distribution numbers (only for devices that have access to the latest Google Play Store app), and while 1.1 percent share is nothing to write home about, it’s considerably better than how previous versions of Android have fared so soon after launch. Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 – 4.3), which crossed the 50 percent mark in November, grew its share to 54.5 percent, thanks to a two-point increase seen by Android 4.3 (mainly thanks to flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 being updated to the final iteration of Jelly Bean.)

Gingerbread is still going strong with almost a quarter of the market under its grasp. Its share should go down considerably in the future, once more and more manufacturers start launching low-end devices that run Android 4.4 out of the box, though it will likely take a few months before that starts happening. Meanwhile, Ice Cream Sandwich dropped to 18.6 percent from 19.8 percent, and Honeycomb and Froyo are hanging on for scraps, scraps that should disappear when the next bout of distribution numbers comes along.

SourceAndroid Developers

Abhijeet Mishra
Abhijeet holds an avid interest in technology, and when he's not tinkering with this smartphone or covering the latest development in the mobile world (or singing along to classics from Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra), he can be found reading a novel or two.

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