Android versions chart updated for the month of December, Android 4.4 KitKat debuts at 1.1%

Android Platform versions Dec 2013

It’s that time of the month again! Android’s platform distribution numbers have officially been updated with the latest numbers for the month of December, 2013. Not just stats for Android fans to praise (or haters to scoff at), this is a tool used by Android developers to track a specific firmware’s grown or decline, deciding whether building their apps to support an older firmware is even worth their time.

This month we have Android 4.4 KitKat making it’s debut in the charts, account for a whopping 1.1% of Android devices that have recently checked into the Google Play Store within the last 7 days. If you expected that number to be a little higher, you weren’t the only one. It appears that even with all these Android devices recently being updated to KitKat — Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013), Motorola Moto X, HTC One Developer Edition and unlocked models — they were little more than a drop in Android’s bucket. Guess it’s going to take Samsung updating their devices to KitKat in order to see a bigger impact.

We’re still hopeful that with KitKat being the lightest version of Android yet, we’ll begin to see more low-end devices launch with 4.4 out-of-the-box (and not Gingerbread). As for the rest of the numbers, Jelly Bean grew to 54.5% (up from last month’s 52.1%), while Ice Cream Sandwich dropped to 18.6% (compared to 19.8% last month). We’re still seeing the slow decline of Gingerbread, dropping from 26.3% in November, to 24.1% this month (most likely due to aging hardware finally kicking the bucket). Ha.

[Android Developers]

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  • phinn

    The 1.1% will go up a bit next month thanks to Moto X.

    • johnny989

      If moto maker ever works again

      • Chris Chavez


        (See latest post) :P

  • CryptoNoel

    I am proudly part of that 1.1% :)

    • phinn

      And a bit lucky, I’m stuck with Verizon (my company pays for it so no point in switching) so I can’t get an N5. Granted it doens’t look compelling to me anyway, too big, and mediocre battery life tests. Probably getting a Moto X this spring now that it’s shown to get fast updates. That notification system system on its non-pentile OLED display still has me drooling.

    • MistaButters

      I am part of that 1.1% twice :p

  • johnny989

    Die Honeycomb, die!

    • Justin

      and take Froyo with you!

      • scoter man1

        Comparatively gingerbread is pretty bad compared to jellybean too… so die gingerbread!

        • MistaButters

          The thing with gingerbread is that is was the first Android that felt complete. (Sorry froyo). So all those cheap prepaids that just need to make call, receive texts, and browse the web a little bit will never be updated because GB does that fine.

    • max

      it’s like couple hundred devices now or something haha, the number is probably rounded up even

    • Phaz0n

      Kill it with fire!!!

  • Guest

    Froyo its time to go…

  • Pratik Thakkar

    I will be a part of KitKat family very soon. Can’t wait for it…

  • agl82

    My LG Optimus L9 ain’t getting another update, so I’m stuck on 4.1.2 until I upgrade. =(

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      Lucky! My Rezound is forever halted on 4.0.3

  • ari_free

    come on google. kitkat was supposed to be for everyone

  • Christina Hawthorne

    my tmo Samsung gs4 just updated to 4.3 jellybean yesterday, so i am assuming its gonna be several months to a year for a possible kitkat upgrade.

  • Perky69

    Running CM11 on my Sprint Galaxy S4 here. Everything I need or care about is working.