THE LATEST VERSION of Google's mobile operating system, Android 4.4 Kitkat, has more than doubled its market share since April.
Google, as it does every month, has published its latest Android distribution figures for the 7-day period ending 4 June, which shows that Android 4.4 Kitkat market share has hit double figures for the first time, with the newest version of Google's mobile operating system claiming 13.6 percent of the Android market.
This sees the software iteration's popularity soaring, as back at the beginning of April it could be found on just 5.3 percent of devices. This growth likely can be credited to the release of an onslaught of Android 4.4 Kitkat smartphones over the past few months, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8, as well as the popularity of the affordable Motorola Moto G.
However, as Apple pointed out in its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote on Monday, it is a stark comparison to iOS, with 89 percent of iDevice users having installed the latest version of the firm's mobile operating system.
Android 4.4 Kitkat's growth has eaten away slightly at Android 4.x Jelly Bean's majority slice of the pie, with the ageing iteration now claiming 58.4 percent of Android phones and tablets, down from 61.4 percent in April.
However, the oldest version of Android 4.x Jelly Bean remains the most popular, with version Android 4.1.x claiming 29 percent, while version 4.2.x and 4.3.x have 19.1 percent and 10.3 percent shares, respectively.
Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich has seen its market share fall too, and is down from 14.3 percent in April to 12.3 percent at the beginning of June. Android 2.3x Gingerbread and Android 2.2 Froyo still account for 14.9 percent and 0.8 percent of Android devices in the wild, respectively. µ