Apr, 01 2014

Android Platform Distribution April 2014

You knew they were coming and it’s time, once again, for Google to update the world on the current state of Android. Posted moments ago to the Android Developers page, these stats are provided so that Android’s many developers can see exactly which versions of Android devices are currently running (ones that have recently visited the Google Play Store), so that they can target with their apps accordingly.

To make things a little easier to view at a glance, we’ve gone ahead and compiled these numbers in comparison with the previous month’s down below.

Android versions March –> April

  • KitKat: 2.5% –> 5.3%
  • Jelly Bean: 62% –> 61.4%
  • Ice Cream Sandwich: 15.2% –> 14.3%
  • Gingerbread: 19% –> 17.8%

In a move that will no doubt make our own Rob Jackson happy (he mentioned last month how sad it was to see KitKat struggling to hit 3%), we’re now seeing KitKat make a huge leap for the month of April, accounting for 5.3% of active Android devices. Not bad considering we’re still seeing KitKat updates roll out for many devices. Factor in new flagships for 2014 closing in fast — all running Android 4.4+ — and we’ll likely see another huge jump for KitKat in the coming months.

It’s also interesting that while Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean is still on the rise, but 4.1.x and 4.3 all took a hit. This dropped Jelly Bean’s overall percentage down to 6.1.4% for April, and is more than likely due to firmware upgrades.



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