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Android Distribution Updated for April 2014 – Kit Kat Cracks 5%!

The Android distribution numbers of been updated for the beginning of April, with Kit Kat (Android 4.4+) showing signs of growth. The newest version of Android now commands 5.3% of the pie, up from 2.5% last month. With that growth we are seeing a slight decline in Jelly Bean numbers to 61.4% from a flat 62.0%. In other words, the newest devices running the newest version of Android continue to run the newest version of Android.

Ice Cream Sandwich saw a decline to 14.3% (from 15.2%), as did Gingerbread (17.8% from 19.0%).

And that’s that. 

Via:  Android Developers
  • jimbob

    Google should have made “Android Wear” compatible with Kit Kat only. Just like Verizon and other carriers were incentivized to release 4.3 quickly for the GS4 to make it compatible with the Galaxy Gear, carriers and OEMs alike would have massive incentive to update. That way they could sell more products/services.

  • Fresh360

    Honeycomb?!?!?! Ok which one of you refuses to update your Xoom?

    • DimStyle

      Mmmm…sweet, sweet Honeycomb

  • Minus not having TRIM support on ICS on my Razr Maxx, most of the OS’s are generally the same for everyday use. I don’t see this as a huge deal. prove me wrong.

  • AbbyZFresh

    You can also thank Moto G’s success in Europe, Brazil, and India… markets that used to had Gingerbread-Samsung majority now have KitKat thanks to the Moto budget phone.

    • michael arazan

      Moto G has huge selling numbers in europe and south america

  • Michael Nichols

    Come on AT&T GS4. I knew I should have bought a T-Mobile phone smh

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    4.2 jumped up 1%, 4.3 dropped 0.7% 4.1 drops 0.9%

  • Cesar

    Dat Honeycomb.

    • Kevin

      First generation Google TV.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Google TV? Soooo 2012.

        It’s all about Chromecast now.

  • Alex Boro

    Are the KitKat numbers an April fools day joke or something?

    • Chris

      not everything is an apple fools joke

  • Suhas Vemuri

    Wow.. 81% of devices are now 4.0+.. Though it may sound trivial since 4.0 was out 3 years ago, Its great Apps-wise..

    • Brandon Jiang

      I think 4.0+ is the main update… if you’re on ICS you have #holoyolo and the updated UI for the most part

  • Turb0wned

    This is pathetic.

  • Ray

    Google should put regulations/fines on how long manufactures/carriers have to update phones to the most current version of Android. My S4 on Verizon weeps

    • AbbyZFresh

      If Google did that, Android would’ve died a long time ago.

      • Turb0wned

        Just like the iPhone died right?

    • Chris

      well they have improved a lot in recent years, but going to an apple like approach isn’t the best way to go.

    • Cowboydroid

      Why wait for Google to do it? Do it yourself. Refuse to purchase a device that doesn’t have any indication or guarantee of updates. Much more effective.

  • PoisonApple31

    Damn it Verizon.

  • Richard Giordano

    Great to see KitKat on more smart phones now. Sent from Droid Maxx wit 4.4 KitKat

  • AbbyZFresh

    And Gingerbread has once again barely changed since the last distribution. At least KitKat is getting somewhere.

    • hippo

      Some people only use basic features like phone, text, email. My dad is happy using my old N1 until it dies.

    • Blue Sun

      I think GB is still strongly used in developing & 3rd world markets. Hopefully 4.4 will get utilized more in these lower end deivces & eliminate GB.

    • Raven

      Remember this is not just active phones. This is all Android devices that connect to the Play Store. This includes old phones still being used as media players or other things and a ton of budget tablets.

  • Chingiz Saidov

    As I said before… KILL GINGERBREAD!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Maxim∑


      • TheDave1022

        Devs should just stop supporting anything under 4.0 if they havent done so already. If people want the latest apps, upgrade your device at that point

        • Rob

          Why do you want to force people to upgrade their phones, to spend a lot of money, even if their Gingerbread-phones work perfectly fine for them? Why does it bother you which Android versions other persons use? For you, it’s just a number on a chart, and based on your comment I assume you’re not a dev, so why care? I know some people, my mother, my aunt, a good friend of mine who still use their first smartphones, some ZTE Blade, Galaxy S (1) Pro, Galaxy Ace (or Gio or whatever), all of those run Gingerbread. And the people are ok with it, because it works perfectly fine for them and they simply don’t feel the need to have allways the newest Android version running. So, please tell me, why do we want them to upgrade their phones?

          • TheDave1022

            I’m not a Dev, but I have built apps for personal use. Devs can target their apps for api version 15 instead of 10 and take advantage of more features. That is why some apps only support android 4.0+. It’s only a matter of time until devs will stop supporting 2.x because the market share will be low enough. So yes it’s a number in a chart, but there is a reason Google supplies this information.

          • Rob

            I know this, even though i’m not a Dev myself, but why do you say Devs should stop supporting anything under 4.0 to force people to upgrade? You can target an api-level and use a fallback-mode for lower api-levels or leave out features. Of course, that’s more work to do, but apparently there are enough Devs willing to do so. I just don’t think it is ok to force people to spend money on newer smartphones because they still use gingerbread and you don’t like it…

          • TheDave1022

            How is that forcing people to upgrade? If you really love that 2.x phone, what is going to make the existing version of apps stop working and uninstall from their phones?

          • Rob

            “If people want the latest apps, upgrade your device at that point” is forcing them to upgrade, if they want to use newer apps or have essential updates for their existing apps.
            If it is not necessary to only support the newest api-levels, why forcing it? Of course, if a new app relies on features, that are only available through new apis, than use them. But there are many apps that simply don’t need those new features. Look at the xda-thread for new android apps and games, half of the new apps shown there are 2.2+, 2.3+ or even 1.6+, and thats ok. There is an entire thread where Devs make games compatible with ARMv6-SoCs. Because there is need.
            One of the biggest arguments against the “problem” of fragmentation with android is, that you can use most of the apps with most of the android versions. That’s the strength against IOS. When you’re stuck with an older version of IOS because there is no upgrade, you’re also stuck with older versions of the apps, possibly with bugs and broken functionality. Saying that Devs should stop supporting older Android versions will destroy this great advantage of android and would be like going the apple-way, forcing the people to upgrade or losing functionality. I understand your opinion, but I don’t think it is necessary to do so just to kill gingerbread. There are enough people who are not able or willing to get a new phone yet, because the old one still works fine. What you suggest is artificially breaking those phones and making them less usefull.
            Furthermore, missing out 17% of the potential users as a Dev is quiet a lot.
            Time will kill Gingerbread, because old phones will break, contracts will run out and people will eventually get new phones.

          • Chris

            Because a phone running 4.x isn’t expensive, and as a dev it’s really annoying to support below 4.x.

        • Raven

          Remember this is not just active phones. This is all Android devices that connect to the Play Store. This includes old phones still being used as media players or other things and a ton of budget tablets all of which are probably still serving some purpose for the user. In a few years, I will probably have a retired Android device running in every room of my house still serving media player, clock, weather and other basic purposes.