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Android 4.4 Kitkat market share grew just 0.4 percent in January

Latest Android version claims just 1.8 percent of devices
Wed Feb 05 2014, 09:49
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat continues to roll out to devices slowly, with the operating system now on just 1.8 percent of smartphones and tablets.

Google updated its Android Developers Dashboard on Tuesday, which shows that Kitkat has found its way onto an additional 0.4 percent of devices since the last report in January, when it was found on just 1.4 percent. This means that Android 4.4 Kitkat has made its way onto less than two percent of devices since its release in November last year.

While Android 4.4 Kitkat has increased its share by 0.4 percent since January's statistics were revealed, Android 4.x Jelly Bean has seen its share grow by 1.6 percent, with that release sitting on 60.7 percent of devices.

The oldest version of Jelly Bean is still the most popular, too, with Android 4.1.x claiming 35.5 percent as of 4 February. Android 4.2.x sits on 16.3 percent of devices, while the latest version, Android 4.3.x has claimed 8.9 percent.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is refusing to die, and still claims a fifth of Android devices, although its market share has shrunk slightly from the 21.1 percent it held in January.

According to Google's February statistics, Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich has a 16.1 percent share, while Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 3.0 Honeycomb sit on just 0.1 percent of smartphones and tablets.

These figures from Google are a stark contract compared to Apple's latest iOS distribution figures, with the Cupertino firm revealing last month that iOS 7 is on 80 percent of iPhones and iPads since its release at the end of September.

However, it's likely that Android 4.4 Kitkat market share will have grown by the time Google releases its March statistics. HTC has recently begun rolling out the mobile operating system release to its smartphones, and while Samsung has yet to detail its Android 4.4 Kitkat rollout, it's likely that the Korean firm will announce a number of devices running it at Mobile World Congress towards the end of February. 

Android 4.4 Kitkat might even make it past the two percent mark next month. µ


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