Share this Story

Android Distribution Updated for August 2014 – Kit Kat Jumps to 20%

Google updated its Android distribution numbers this afternoon, showing a jump for Kit Kat from 17.9% in July to over 20% (20.9%) in August. While Kit Kat has climbed, the numbers show devices running Jelly Bean (54.2%) and Ice Cream Sandwich (10.6%) on the decline. Those running Gingerbread and Froyo haven’t moved much. Actually Android 2.3 saw a slight jump to 13.6% from 13.5%, which is odd.

You can see last month’s numbers here

Via:  Android Developers
  • krweby

    My old Droid X that I use as a baby monitor is running kitkat 4.4.4.

  • Марк Соколовский

    I still have all the Android phones I’ve ever owned, my Droid X that runs 2.3.5, my GSII that I tried (running 4.0.3) (which sucked because of touchwiz) then switched to the Razr Maxx running 4.4.2 (cyanogenmod) , which served me well until I got my new Droid Ultra in April, now running 4.4.4.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Why is it so hard for people to stop buying GB phones? It should’ve disappeared a long time ago.

  • Rai Diaz

    Gingerbread is not going down without a fight.

  • Simon Belmont
  • Terrance Steiner

    I have the sneaky suspicion that a good part of the 0.7% Froyo are from people that turn on there OG Droid every 6 months out of nostalgia. When I moved last month I found my OG Droid box and I turned it on for the hell of it (God, that was a great phone). It automatically started pulling updates from the play store so I know that it would count toward the number. I so wish Motorolo would build a phone that is basically a 5″ scaled up clone of the OG Droid (minus the keyboard). I loved the solid construction.

    As far as the Gingerbread numbers, my Mom has a gingerbread phone and she says it is “just fine” and she does not need to spend all that money for a new phone. I would assume most of the Gingerbread numbers are from people that use their smart phone primarily as a phone as not as a pocket super computer and the miracle of modern science that they are. Given, this is all pure speculation on my part and I have noting to back any of this up.

  • Suralin

    Don’t some of the more cost-friendly android devices in Asia utilize Gingerbread? Maybe they’re selling like hotcakes there.

  • Justin Bontrager

    Guess I should turn on my Droid 1…and cry.

    • EdubE24

      Nothing beats the OG!!

  • Christian Trevor Clauss

    4.2.2 is from all the VZW Gnex users still on stock.

  • Pootis Man

    Who’s still using gingerbread?

    • RoyD77

      Me. Sorry. Contracts are a bitch, and so are broken phones that would be running 4.4 now if they still worked. Pour some out for my busted SGS3.

      • Kevin

        There’s the Moto G.

        • RoyD77

          I’m not planning on a Moto G. Thinking more Nexus 5 or Moto X (2014) or whatever they call it. And I couldn’t get a Moto G to fill out my VZW contract. They only allow that on prepaid, and can’t be switched to post paid until 6 months of paid service.

      • tyguy829

        t-mobile will pay your etf!

        • RoyD77

          I thought about it. The fine print says that T Mobile will actually pay you back for your ETF. For 3 lines, that’d be almost a grand to get out of what’s amounted to 3 months living with Gingerbread. I’d get it back but only after I paid it out. It was also short enough a period of time to temp me into seeing what the Fall announcements will hold (Moto X 2014 etc). This has also made me better appreciate what the newer devices can actually do. Those who talk about lag on a modern device, like on my SGS3 which did TouchWiz lag, should remember it doesn’t hold a candle to single core GB LAG!

    • Lucky Armpit

      All those people on TracPhone. Samsung, stop offloading your crap to them!

  • RoyD77

    Sorry about the Gingerbread jump. That was my fault! 😉 My VZW Galaxy S3 died, and since I’m waiting out my contract date to move to T-Mobile, I just turned to my old Droid 2 Global. I’ll be rocking the Nexus by September. Oh, and yes, this has been truly PAINFUL!!!

    • Sarpedon1069

      You do realize T-Mobile will pay your ETF’s, right? I switched to TMo earlier this year from Verizon and it was one of the best things I have ever done. Make the switch, Man!

      • fillyo75

        Sure, sell your BMW and buy a Hyundai, just do it!

      • RoyD77

        Yes, I realize that. Just not the best option for my family plan. Besides my end date was so close to the Fall new phone season, I figured I’d wait it out. I’m planning on going to T-Mobile.

      • Maui

        Planning to switch to t-mobile from VZW by the end of the month. Just praying that tmob will keep good on their promise to have all of their 2G network upgraded to LTE by mis-2015

    • Kevin

      Do you realize?!?!?!?

  • Are we where we should be? No.

    But it’s getting better each month and for that, I can’t be mad.

    Keep it going Google! (and OEMs) (and carriers)

  • Alex Boro

    To whoever still has a Gingerbread phone: You’re crazy

    • RoyD77

      Not just crazy. Also cheap, and self loathing. It’s been eye opening on how far Android has come, but also very very painful. It’s not just Gingerbread, it’s 2010 hardware!

    • spunker88

      Does Google only report the newest/most used device on a Google account? I still have a few Gingerbread devices around that I use as internet radios around the house since they have low resale value and can’t run 4.x

      • MH

        No. Rom those suckers to get to 4.x

    • Why?


    • Damn Yankeez

      What is it about GB that gets you people so riled up every time these numbers are released? What could it possibly be doing to you folks to generate such angst??

      • Nick Iacullo

        As developers, you should support old versions until they are snuffed out. Since that’s an old version of android, offering support is a pain. Especially since its behind ICS.

        As android enthusiasts, it’s frustrating to see android fragmented to the point where 15 percent is still stuck that far behind.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    My SGS3 still runs 4.0.4.. and I don’t even care.

    • silver_arrow

      Why haven’t you updated it?

      • tdizzel

        I would think the “and I don’t even care” would answer that question

        • jimt

          I would guess using a tethering program that doesn’t work on 4.4.4 like foxfi.

    • Pootis Man

      You know 4.4 is out for the gs3 right?

      • Guest

        Only in the US*

        • Pootis Man

          True. Only US specific models got the update to 4.4

    • Christian Trevor Clauss

      Do… do you get the constant OTA Update nag everyday?

    • Kevin