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Android 4.4 Kitkat hits 2.5 percent adoption but Jelly Bean continues to dominate

Latest version sees 0.7 growth but ageing release sees adoption rise 1.3 percent
Wed Mar 05 2014, 10:38

SOFTWARE DESIGNER Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system has hit 2.5 percent adoption, an increase of 0.7 percent since February, but Jelly Bean continues to dominate the Android ecosystem.

Google issued its latest Android adoption statistics on Tuesday, revealing that while Android 4.4 Kitkat has grown its share to more than two percent for the first time. In February, Android 4.4 Kitkat could be found on 1.8 percent of devices, but that has grown to 2.5 percent in the past month.

While it's good that Android Kitkat is showing some traction, it's worth noting that Google's Android Jelly Bean release showed higher growth than the latest release, seeing its adoption level rise from 60.7 percent in February to 62 percent at the begining of March. Google's Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean saw the most growth at eight percent, while the latest version, Android 4.3.x, saw its adoption rate grow seven percent between the end of February and beginning of March.

Android 4.4 Kitkat sees 2.5 percent adoption in March

Android Jelly Bean's growth meant that the popularity of Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich is starting to wane, with its adoption level dropping from 16.1 percent to 15.2 percent. Android 2.3.x Gingerbread's popularity is sinking too, with the ageing software now claiming 19 percent of Android devices, compared to 21.1 percent the previous month. 

These figures from Google, while they show that fragmentation is decreasing, remain in stark contrast compared to Apple's latest iOS distribution figures, which showed the that iOS 7 is on 80 percent of iPhones and iPads since its release at the end of September.

However, with flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 set to hit the market shortly, it's likely that Android Kitkat's adoption level will rise rapidly throughout March and April. µ


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