THE LATEST VERSION of Google's mobile operating system, Android 4.4 Kitkat is on just 1.4 percent of devices, while Android 4.x Jelly Bean continues to dominate with almost 60 percent of the market.
These statistics come from Google's Android developer portal, and despite the firm contending that Android fragmentation is improving, these latest numbers seem to tell a different story.
Released in November, Android 4.4 Kitkat presently accounts for only 1.4 percent of Android devices, just a 0.3 percent increase compared to December's numbers.
However, this is not too surprising, since the mobile operating system is limited to devices such as the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7 tablet, and more recently the Moto G, with firms like Sony and Samsung having yet to roll out the Android 4.4 Kitkat update to their existing smartphone lineups.
Because of this, Android 4.x Jelly Bean continues to dominate the Android market, and as of 8 January, that version was on 59.1 percent of all devices. The oldest Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean is still the most popular with 35.9 percent, while versions Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean account for 15.4 and 7.8 percent of devices, respectively.
Android 2.3.x Gingerbread is still on a signifigant portion of the Android market, presently running on 21.2 percent of smartphones and tablets. The same can't be said for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which has seen its market share shrink to just 0.1 percent. Android 2.2 Froyo market share is deteriorating too, with a 1.3 percent share.
Google has stopped including Android 1.6 Donut and Android 2.1 Eclair in its monthly statistics, due to those mobile operating system versions' lack of support for Google Play, where it now collects its data. µ