Nov 3rd, 2014

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]

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