A year later, KitKat is now running on 30% of Android devices


Android Platform Distribution November 2014

It was almost a year ago today that the Nexus 5 officially hit the Google Play Store. With it, we saw the formal introduction of Android 4.4 KitKat and a few weeks later, the official OTA update began rolling out to Nexus devices. So, here we are nearly a year later and some of you may be wondering what’s the current state of Android KitKat?

Well, according to Google’s newly updated Android Platform Distribution numbers, more than 30% of Android active devices have now been updated to, or have come out of the box running Android 4.4. KitKat. It’s definitely not iOS numbers, but then again, Android runs on a much greater variety of hardware than Apple’s (by comparison, Android 4.4. KitKat is running on nearly all Nexus devices from the past few years).

As always, Gingerbread is still hanging on, but inching ever closer to its inevitable death with 9.8%. The 2-year old Jelly Bean still occupies the largest chunk of the pie with 50.9%. Next month, we’ll see Lollipop claims its slice of the pie, but it wont be until a few months later — once OEMs have updated their flagships to Android 5.0 — that it will make any sorta impact.

[Android Developers]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I can’t believe there are people who still run gingerbread..

    1. Old-ass smartphones indeed.

      1. And this the acronym OAS is born!

        1. Remember that it was both of us that contributed to the term coming into existence, haha.

          1. I’ll update the entry appropriately in the urban dictionary broher.

    2. I can, with the amount of low end phones that launched with GB even in the jellybean days plus the old flagships that are sold cheap online.

    3. I can, for 2 reasons.

      1. Low end market and some MVNO’s.

      2. People who don’t need upgrades. Their phone works and that’s all they care about. Not everyone is like us and craves new versions of Android.

    4. The good news for them is that 2.3+ devices get latest Google Services (APIs that developers use), so recent apps usually work on old devices if sticking to those APIs. This is not the case with older iOS and iPhones.

      1. People need to understand how amazing that is if you use a lot of google apps you’re getting the same experience. My Galaxy Tab 10.1 original version is still so current because of this type of backwards compatibility.

    5. Not every one cares about new phones my sister is still using her HTC chacha.

  2. My LG Optimus G LS970 is still on 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

  3. It’s weird there is so much 4.3 still seems most phones that can run 4.3 would be fine on kit Kat, unless they are just waiting to jump to lollipop. I predict froyo it’s dead by January and gb is at 5%, lollipop is at 3%

  4. I finally decided to go for it and put CM11 on my S3. So now I’m on 4.4.4 and I’m loving it.

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