GOOGLE HAS RELEASED its latest Android distribution figures, which reveal that its latest Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system iteration is finally more popular than Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The figures, based on data from devices accessing Google Play for the seven days up until 7 July, show that Android 4.4 Kitkat now has 17.9 percent market share, up from the 13.6 percent it claimed back in June. With Android 2.3.x Gingerbread's share slipping to 13.5 percent, down from 14.9 percent, Android 4.4 Kitkat is finally more popular than the three-year-old software release.
Kitkat's growth can likely be credited to the recent slew of incoming flagship Android smartphones, such as the Galaxy S5, LG G3 and HTC One M8, and the rollout of the latest version to older handsets, such as the Motorola Moto G and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Despite Kitkat's growing popularity, Android 4.x Jelly Bean continues to dominate, with all versions claiming a combined 56.5 percent of the Android market, down slightly from the 58.4 percent it had last month. The oldest version, Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean, remains the most popular with a 27.8 percent share, with Android 4.2.x and 4.3 Jelly Bean claiming 19.7 percent and nine percent, respectively.
Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich is still clinging to 11.4 percent of the market, according to Google's latest statistics, while Android 2.2 Froyo remains alive with a 0.7 percent share, down from 0.8 percent.
Google's Android market share figures likely will become more fragmented later this year, with the firm set to roll out its latest mobile operating system release, Android L, this autumn. µ
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